Should Trevor Mallard remain as Speaker of Parliament? It's a legitimate question, given mounting allegations against him of bullying and bias, and the heightened public concern about the health of this important democratic institution.


Some of the terms that have been applied to Mallard – such as "Knee Capper", "Head Kicker", and, most commonly, "Bovver Boy" – from journalists and commentators (leftwing, rightwing and neutral) raise questions about his appropriateness for the role of Speaker.


Since Tuesday's report came out, his critics have had a field day drawing attention to what they see as the irony of Mallard trying to

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Is Trevor Mallard also a biased Speaker?