David Carter is quite obviously a reluctant Mr Speaker at Parliament and right from the start appeared very uncomfortable in his new job. This is in stark contrast to Lockward Smith, the previous Speaker, who loved the role and alas has taken off to be the new High Commissioner in London.
What has surprised me about Carter's Speaker style has been his obsequious attitude to John Key - who now looks terribly smug in the House. Not surprising I suppose, with David Shearer spluttering away ineffectively and the rest of the Opposition muted by Carter before they get into their stride.
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