Green MP 'mortified' over 'nasty' tweet
Green MP Jan Logie says she is "mortified" by the fallout from a tweet she sent last week that prompted Finance Minister Bill English to brand her party "vindictive, [and] nasty".
During the Budget debate on Thursday, Logie tweeted to her more than 1700 followers: "John key says Bill English has produced as many budgets as children.. Begs the question who he has f&%d to produce it. #nzbudget".
Although she quickly appeared to apologise, saying she "couldn't resist", the tweet remains on her time line, prompting dozens of responses, generally criticising Logie over the tweet.
Logie said today that she had left the tweet on her time line as she believed it was an important part of taking responsibility for her actions. She had simply intended a play on words.
"I'm absolutely, genuinely mortified by the alternative readings of it, and I would hate to think that people would think I think that like that, you know?", Logie told reporters outside Parliament.
She was "really embarrassed" and was prepared to apologise directly to English, but denied the Green Party was nasty, Logie said.
"I don't think that anyone who know us thinks that."
English said he was not offended by the tweet, but said it reflected a dark side of the Green Party.
"The Greens have got a vindictive, nasty side to them, but that's just politics," English said, adding that he did not believe politicians should use bad language.
"If a male MP from the National Party put that out about someone else it would be a bit of a big issue," English said.
"But the Greens have that sort of nasty underside to them and we see it in the House.
"It says a lot more about the Greens than it does about the Budget, or myself," English said.
National has had its own problems in terms of MPs making attacks on Twitter.
Justice Minister Judith Collins previously attacked Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei about her choice of clothing.
Collins has sworn off Twitter after recently accusing a press gallery journalist of bias and goading another into writing a story about the journalist.
Asked if it was "a bit rich" of the National Party to accuse her of being nasty, Logie said she was only taking responsibility for her own outburst, and would not comment on any other MP.