"I think Phil Goff needs to assess his own performance here," Mr Key told reporters in Auckland. "He is, from what I can see, half wallowing around in the gutter here.
"From my point of view, I have got a country to run. I have acted fairly and swiftly when it came to Richard Worth and I have acted when I have had firm information."
We agree wholeheartedly with the PM. Phil Goff needs to assess his own performance before the BBQ Brigade does that for him. And after all, food-based plotting is not unknown in the Labour Party - remember these guys?
(Fish and Chips Brigade, taken in Douglas' office after unsuccessful attempt to dislodge Rowling from Labour leadership, 12 December 1980)