SunLive         

One of the questions I get around Tauranga is how do I cope with going from running businesses where everyone works well together, to politics, where there is lots of senseless, petty fights.

Sometimes politics appears to be like the end of a four year olds birthday party when the sugar high has hit. Politicians can be so precious, so temperamental and so horrible to each other.

That’s why I was so disappointed with National trying to score points off the government by releasing the budget early. This is not what a good person would have done. They would have immediately told Treasury and Grant Robertson there was a problem and told them to solve it. Instead National published it and made it sound like it was the end of the government.

Unfortunately this is a pattern of behaviour with National. Before the last election they released Winston Peters’ private details about an overpayment of super – which Winston had immediately paid back. The matter is now before the courts. National seem to think that this kind of shabby hit job is a good way of persuading the public they are trustworthy and honourable people.

Character is important in our politicians. We should be asking ourselves: “What would a good person do?” and applying that rule to our politicians, for MP’s public confidence to increase, we need to have integrity!

So why does National always have to play nasty?

Clayton Mitchell
New Zealand First MP