COMMENT:

In cricketing terms, Act leader David Seymour suffered the equivalent of an expertly executed "Mankad" - a bowler stumping the batsman who prematurely leaves his crease.

Seymour had been strutting around proud as a peacock for being the only self-proclaimed true champion of democracy by refusing to give his leave for firearms legislation to be passed in a hurry.

He stood alone on his high horse. In the wake of the Christchurch mosque attacks, all other parties had agreed to support hasty progression for at least the first tranche of changes - the banning of some guns, and tougher

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