Iain Lees-Galloway is a precious plonker.
But it is not clear from a Stuff report today whether he is being precious about Chester Borrow’s choice of words.
Or about Chester’s robust rebuke of health and safety nabobs.
At least, it is not immediately clear.
The report starts by suggesting his problem is with Chester’s vocabulary.
National MP Chester Borrows is getting his mouth washed out with soap by Labour’s Iain Lees-Galloway.
Whanganui MP Borrows told his local paper that “d***head bureaucrats” had adopted an unbending stance to enforcing health and safety rules, which had led to growing concern about the regulations.
Alf’s mum would wash his mouth out with soap and water if he used naughty words.
But in this case it seems Lees-Galloway is banging on about Chester’s directing his salty remarks at the country’s health and safety officials.
A farmer had been issued an infringement notice because five quad bikes helmets had each been hanging on a wall behind a bike, not on the bikes themselves.
Borrows described health and safety inspectors as enforcing sometimes “bull**** rules”, at a Parliamentary select committee last week, the Wanganui Chronicle reported.
His comments have incited the wrath of Labour’s spokesman for workplace relations.
Lees-Galloway proceeded to defend the bureaucrats. He said
…WorkSafe New Zealand staff trying to save lives on farms shouldn’t be subject to abuse from a Member of Parliament.
At this point some figures are tossed into the story to show why we should not be taking this safety stuff too lightly,
Twenty people were killed on farms last year and work-related quad bike accidents alone killed an average of five people and injured another 850 on farms every year.
“Chester Borrows attended many farm accidents as a police officer before becoming an MP and says he is aware of the risks,” Lees-Galloway said.
“However in the same breath he says there’s too much ‘bull****’ around rules to reduce these incidents.”
Borrows should meet with WorkSafe to discuss constructive suggestions, Lees-Galloway said.
“Encouraging people to ‘kick the s***’ out of the issue helps no one and is unbecoming of someone whose job is also to make New Zealand safer,” he said.
Alf is bound to disagree.
At least, he disagrees so long as Chester is right about a farmer being done for not storing helmets in the right place.
This is petty pin-pricking.
If that’s Lees-Galloway’s idea of sensible law enforcement he is a precious prat as well as a precious plonker.
But by using the “s” word he at least is showing he can’t (or shouldn’t) wash out Chester’s mouth without also washing out his own.