We have to answer the question. Why does David "Cunners" Cunliffe bother asking questions in the House, when he so frequently gets his backside handed to him on a plate? Watch the video which follows, and see what we mean:
We feel for Cunners, we really do. He tries soooooo hard, but it just doesn't happen for him. In the primary question, Steven Joyce was given the opportunity to ridicule Labour's plan to drop GST on food, which hasn't even been formally announced yet! Speaker Lockwood Smith sporting allowed Joyce to go on just long enough before coming to Cunners' rescue.
And the first supplementary gave Joyce the opportunity to trumpet the improved unemployment figures. It was almost as though Cunliffe was a National backbencher asking a patsy question of a Minister! And Simon Bridges administered the coup de grace with a final supplementary, giving Joyce another free hit.
And let's put this into context. David Cunliffe has been an MP since 1999 and a Minister since 2003; Steven Joyce entered Parliament less than 18 months ago. The novice annihilated his more experienced adversary this afternoon; it wasn't even a contest. We were almost expecting to see the towel tossed in from the Opposition whips!
We can't hardly wait for the budget debate! In the meantime though, we wonder when the public release of Labour ministerial spending will happen; it must be soon. Oh dear; how sad; never mind ...
FOOTNOTE: The video comes via YouTube from www.inthehouse.co.nz - Parliament TV on demand. It's a great resource.