He's always seemed a decent enough sort, even though he's not backward at coming forward. So it would be interesting to learn what Labour's female MP's make of his gaffe yesterday. Here's a clip from Paul Henry's RadioLive programme yesterday afternoon; listen to Henry's introduction for context. When the interview itself begins, Cunliffe makes a throwaway comment:
Gidday, and I'm still trying to get my head around you and Metiria having offspring, and what they'd be like.
That of course gives Paul Henry licence; he asks, noting "well, you brought this up":
Do you sometimes think that if everyone died and there were only these people in this House, who would I make children with?
Cunliffe's reply was instantaneous, and not especially nice:
Well, I have thought that if Judith Collins was the last woman on earth, the species would probably become extinct.
We're sorry Mr Cunliffe, but that is grossly offensive; to Judith Collins, to her husband, and to her children. It's also offensive to women in general.
We somehow doubt that apologies come naturally to David Cunliffe, so here's a chance to prove us wrong. We call on Cunliffe to apologise sincerely to Judith Collins and her family, and to do so publicly; after all, his offensive remark was made in a very public forum.