by Catherine Delahunty
#Housewatch is the new Green ‘name and shame’ anti-abuse campaign from the House of Parliament.
Irritated and occasionally sickened by the personal abuse allowed by the system in the name of ‘robust debate’ we have decided on a tweet exposé system. The Green MPs won’t be tweeting about the juvenile and slightly funny repartee or the loud and rude chanting, but about incidents of genuinely offensive personal attacks e.g. on Members’ bodies, personalities, mental health, gender, sexuality, age, disability or culture. After all, we have been role modelling good behaviour for years and it isn’t enough!
We don’t want to hear about people being too short, too fat, too blonde, too disabled etc. This is not a 19th century boys’ boarding school it’s the House of Representatives! We don’t want the school children in the gallery to witness this awful behaviour. We like a good laugh, but not the personal put downs and time wasting sneers.
So any MP who thinks they can say whatever, just because their comments won’t be recorded in Hansard, had better think twice.
Any other MPs who want to be ‘housewatchers’ — we welcome you to the team!
Clicking the #housewatch hashtag will take you to the Twitter search page and you will see all the #housewatch tweets (there won’t be any there for a while hopefully).
Green MPs Twitter accounts
Russel Norman @RusselNorman
Metiria Turei @metiria
Sue Kedgley @SusieKew
Keith Locke @keithlocke
Kevin Hague @KevinHague
Catherine Delahunty @greencatherine
David Clendon @DavidClendon
Kennedy Graham @KennedyGraham
Gareth Hughes @GarethMP
Green Party @NZGreens