Q1 - DAVID SHEARER to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement: "The test is whether I can rely on the member's word and he has given me assurance that he met the law … There is a statute of limitations and he has complied with the law"?
Q10 - METIRIA TUREI to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement, "I do not know so much about 'Planet Key', but my expectations are it would be a lovely place to live, it would be beautifully governed, golf courses would be plentiful, people would have plenty of holidays to enjoy their time, and what a wonderful place it would be"?
At the very least you'd have expected the Greens to come up with something a little more cutting-edge and original than "Planet Key"! But plentiful golf courses? Sounds like our kinda place!!
It hasn't been plain sailing for the Government over the past few weeks, and you'd think that they would be vulnerable on any number of fronts; if the Opposition was even half competent.
So what happened at Question Time yesterday? David Shearer questioned the Prime Minister about - John Banks. Metiria Turei questioned the Prime Minister about - John Banks. Not to be outdone, Grant Robertson questioned the Prime Minister about - John Banks. And just when you thought it couldn't get any sillier, first term MP David Clark had a very obscure question to the Minister of Small Business - who just happens to be John Banks!
Where were the questions from Labour on child poverty? Where was the attack from Labour's Welfare spokeswoman Jacinda Ardern about the welfare reforms announced on Monday and last week? Where were the questions over water ownership/rights and asset sales?
And as if that wasn't bad enough, Labour's Finance spokesman David Parker packed a sad at the end of Question Time. He had a question to Bill English who had left to go to a hui in Hamilton. He sought leave to have the question held over, and when the Government objected to leave being granted (as they are absolutely within their rights to do, given that the Associate Minister was in the House), Parker withdrew the question meaning that it cannot be asked again in the same form.
Labour was playing to the gallery yesterday, and it runs the risk of backfiring on them. On Breakfast this morning, TVNZ's political editor Corin Dann said that the public is tiring of the Banks issue, and that it is starting to look like petty politics from the Opposition. We couldn't agree more.
It seems that Labour has learned nothing from its 2008 and 2011 election defeats. If it wants the public to take it seriously as a potential government, Labour needs to focus on the issues that matter, not the petty political sideshows. And to achieve that, someone needs to persuade their strategic genius, Trevor Mallard to stand aside.