Claire Trevett at the Herald writes:
Winston Peters has ignored gracious farewells to Bill English, instead launching a withering attack on the departing National leader – and his caucus…
Asked if he had any kind words for English, Peters said: “I’ll leave those nice words to you.
“I don’t think he wants to know about sympathy or otherwise. He’s a big, grown, aged man, so to speak, and he’s always known how rough this game is because he’s been part of it, and [been] in fact inside coups, and sooner or later it will come to haunt you.
This highlights part of the wider problem with politics: We feel free to attack, offend, and belittle those who we disagree with.
Just because someone has different views than you doesn’t mean that you should attack them, call them names, or try to offend them in any way.
Politics is a polarising topic.
But that’s no excuse for being mean.