Question Time, how’d that go then?

Yesterday Labour thought they’d be extra smart and line up a question for all three contenders in #Laboursgottalent.

It was a plan so cunning you could put a tail on it and call it a weasel (or Fran).

So how did it go? Not well by the looks of it.

Labour’s leadership contestants have had the first run of Question Time Idol – getting a question each to strut their stuff against the Prime Minister and senior ministers in Cabinet.

David Cunliffe and Grant Robertson both chose the Prime Minister as their target, while Shane Jones opted for Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce. There will be a second round of the spectacle tomorrow – and from today’s performance those most looking forward to it are the National MPs who responded to the three-way contest with some glee.

After Mr Robertson’s effort – tackling Mr Key on employment and training – some front benchers held up score cards to rate his performance. The others were spared it, after the Speaker ruled the score cards out. 

Mr Jones was greeted with cheering and managed to get in the first sledge, a Humpty Dumpty reference to Gerry Brownlee. And Mr Cunliffe’s turn prompted National MPs to cheer again wave their hands in the air like evangelical preachers in mockery of Mr Cunliffe’s triumphant arm raising at his campaign announcement yesterday.

Then it was David Cunliffe’s turn for a shellacking:

John Key couldn’t resist baiting Mr Cunliffe as the leadership hopeful tried to ask questions about the snapper quota and the economy.

“Far be it from me to give advice, but the last leader of the Labour Party that spoke about snapper was holding them up and he’s gone as well.

“So you might want to change topic.”

I don;t Labour can be very pleased with that kicking.

What I want to know if they are going to rotate the questions? So they take turns at going first and hoping to tire out John Key’s kicking leg.


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  • williamabong

    Isn’t it nice that Huey, Dewy, and Louie all get to sit together, I hope they play nice, it was good to see Grant got his own table especially with his reputation as a shin kicker.
    By the shit eating grin on Fentons face it looks like the remote-controlled vaginal insert she bought on ebay has arrived.

    • Col

      I thought I saw the soles of some ones feet where Fenton was sitting, but then again I need new glasses maybe? But I can assure you and have been told her battery bill is quite high.

      • Patrick

        3 phase mains power required my friend, there ain’t a battery on earth that could bring a smile to that face.

        • Euan Ross-Taylor

          Not sure what you are inferring here Patrick – electric chair?

    • Euan Ross-Taylor

      Could also be the 3 little pigs, or the three blind mice but certainly not the 3 musketeers!

      • GazzW

        Teamed up with Wussel they could be the Four Horsemen of the Apocolypse.

        • Euan Ross-Taylor

          I was being tongue in cheek mate. Now that is just too close to home!

          • Bunswalla

            I don’t think it’s wise to use the term “tongue in cheek” in any sentence that includes Grant Robertson. Just sayin…

          • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

            He has the ability to give from front and take it from back…so stay off Rolly Polly….

          • johnbronkhorst

            A bit like labours tax laws?

      • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

        I believe they are the three wise men bro…..

        • Dave

          Unfortunately SCS, you are correct, they are indeed the wisest men in labour, but still the dimmest in parliament in NZ.

      • Super_Guest

        Curly, Moe and Larry?

      • blokeintakapuna

        it’s a new 3-ring circus in town… and all the clowns are trying to be the Ring Master…

  • a.j

    a.j Thought that the 3 Labour Twits got a good run around,but JK to greasy green Norman was even better.Seven or Eight questions got the response of YES and One got a NO ,in other words end of story ,sit down you idiot.

    • dianne65

      I agree Norman got what he deserved, and he looked an idiot.

  • Michael

    Score: Key 3, others 0.

    Seriously, Robertson tried to blame National for there being more unemployment than 2008 – like voters are going to forget the GFC.

    Jones tried to pin blame for sluggish economic activity in the regions on National – but almost all regions are growing stronger than cities, clearly showing a lack of research.

    Cunliffe did get one thing right – he asked why the Snapper quota changes were not run by Cabinet and forced Key to drag up a Helen Clark quote, but he didn’t press home his advantage (obviously he had nothing more on Nathan Guy) and tried a scattergun approach.that didn’t work.

    If that’s the best they can do, Key will be sleeping well for quite a while.

    • GazzW

      Our resident Fraser House troll Meg reckons that JK is terrified of the new leadership whoever that may be.

      • cows4me

        Megs on mind altering drugs.

        • blokeintakapuna

          yes – when using minerals-based paints in enclosed spaces – one should always ensure adequate ventilation.

      • Hazards001

        The only position Meg will ever have is on his knees.

    • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

      I understand Labour will be revealing some bombs in the house today…explosive questions framed by FatCon…..

      • Euan Ross-Taylor

        So is Fat con getting Frans’ job?

        • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

          Yes FatCon is the new Mould….

          • Ducky

            and a fairly highup on Labia’s List for 2014..

          • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

            He is a winner bro!

    • LabTested

      I don’t recall seeing Nathan Guy speak before, but yesterday he looked very weak. I got the impression he has been given a good kicking behind closed doors & his tail is well between his legs. Or does he normally have the personality of a cardboard cutout?

      • Michael

        Brendan Horan takes a point off Guy, but loses it for not calling for a Point of Order and requesting that Guy answer the question properly.

    • Hazards001

      To say nothing of the fact that Labour lowered unemployment by transferring people onto sickness and invalids benefits and National is raising it again by transferring those that should NEVER EVER have been on those higher paying benefits back to the “YOU GOTTA LOOK FOR WORK NOW BRO OR YOUR OUTTA HERE!” benefit!
      The statistics for those on Invalids or Sickness benefits don’t feature in the unemployed statistics (theoretically they aren’t unemployed they cannot work) just the overall people on benefits.
      I am always astounded that the Nat’s always let that slide through to the keeper!

  • Mr Sackunkrak

    That was quite a funny spanking.

  • Macca

    I’ve always said Labour are bereft of policy – can I please add talent to that list!

    • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

      Macca boy – Labour has great policies.

      1. Capital Gains Tax
      2. Rich Pricks Tax
      3. Tax everything else tax

      • LabTested

        Hang on. Didn’t they promise to remove GST from imported California grapes & other exotic fruit & Veg

        • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

          Oh yes, that policy is gone by lunch time now as well as restoring GST back to 12.5%

  • Lion_ess

    If any of these 3 were true leadership material, they wouldn’t participate in such an embarrassing, stage-managed, high-school play. Williamabong calls them Huey, Dewy & Louie – and he’s right, but who ‘s Daffy? Surely no self-respecting male would come up with an idea as STUPID as this one, and no self-respecting “leader” would submit to behaving like a performing seal to public ridicule. This charade demonstrates much of what is wrong with the labour party – it’s been taken over by whiskery women and the men have no balls.

  • GregM

    This whole situation pisses me off. Question time is one of the few opportunities the opposition gets to hold the government to account. What do the three musketeers do? Use the time to try and score brownie points for themselves. What about their voters concerns ? Useless opposition.

  • Patrick

    These three might have been better served if they performed a dance routine or sang a song.

    • GazzW

      They couldn’t sing a song Patrick because they’ve sacked the guitarist.

      Fun times again at QT this afternoon?

    • Lion_ess

      I suspect they can’t sing or dance either but it would be some relief from the
      Reality Cringe Show these guys are contesting.

      • Patrick

        Exactly, these three are all long term “performers” in the house, nothing new will be discovered by this vaudeville routine. Just goes to show how bereft the Labour Party brains trust are if they consider this an appropriate way of selecting their next leader. It demeans Question Time & by their participation certainly demeans the three “contestants”, not that they care. All three are hell bent on winning the job & will do what ever it takes. Pathetic really.

        • Teletubby

          Ha!!!! None of their supporters would be prepared to shell out the dollar, which would leave the way clear for the Whale Army to install Fenton or the unelectable Moroney as leader

    • blokeintakapuna

      that’s later when announcing Russell as Deputy PM and Finance Minster – then out come the Kumbaya song sheets…

  • Phar Lap

    For even more entertainment, a re-run of David “snake eyes” Cunliffe attacks on the Nats in the debating chamber when Lie-bour were jackbooting all over NZ, when they ran a reign of terror for nine long years.Especially listening to Cunliffe attacking Tony Ryall in 2008 ,telling him” he ran the show and get back in his box”.Cunliffe sounds like a German General
    from second world war.Come to think of it ,he would not look out of place in a 1940s German uniform.

    • rrroberto

      Misplaced or not, the German Generals were generally loyal, and generally they were competent. Please fit him out in an Italian Uniform , one with plenty of feathers on the hat, and four reverse gears in the frontline vehicles.

      • LabTested

        Here you go

  • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

    Folks, here is uncle Brian Rudman’s pearls of wisdom – “The first step in reversing this drift away from the party brand is to
    select a leader who voters instantly link with the brand. Of the two
    front-runners, there’s one obvious choice”. If these statements made you sick in the stomach, I am not responsible….

  • johnbronkhorst


    Just before question time the parliamentary prayer is read by the speaker!

    It is something through the oath of allegiance, that they ALL are supposed to abide by.
    “Almighty God, humbly acknowledging our need for Thy guidance in all things, and laying aside all private and personal interests, we beseech Thee to grant that we may conduct the affairs of this House and of our country to the glory of Thy holy name, the maintenance of true religion and justice, the honour of the Queen, and the public welfare, peace, and tranquillity of New Zealand, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen”
    NOTE: “laying aside all PRIVATE and PERSONAL interests”

  • cows4me

    JK is like watching a cat playing with mice, slowly torturing them.

  • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

    Mighty River Power shares rose nearly 2 per cent in early trading after
    announcing a profit well above prospectus forecasts and close to 70 per
    cent more than last year.

    Corporate Evil……Minty Minto to the rescue please….

  • niggly

    For a laugh or punishment (not sure which) I took a gander at The Scumdard and holy Orwellian double-speak batman, someone there made a whole post on this too but spun it that these three turkeys got the better of JK (and sure enough the commentators baah’ed in agreement).

    [Then to make things worse someone there also wrote about Russel Norman & posted a video & transcript of Wussel asking the PM if he stood by his various statements (and in a contradictory manner too) about things that really don’t matter to the environment, economy, people finding jobs and feeding the family, it was all about past issues dredged up again. Why do these parliamentarians waste our taxpayer funding on these past issues? It would be like National asking questions about issues surrounding Labour when last in power – what’s the point?

    After watching the Russel Norman video (and seeing John Key answer Yes each time),I wondered whether the writer at the Standard realises that, to anyone else (apart from those in their echo-chamber), the video actually showed up Russel Norman looking like a twat and reinforced his lack of maturity (for his coveted Deputy Prime Minister role that he is aspiring to)].

    • LabTested

      It actually showed up Russel’s whiny accent. If my toddlers spoke like that I would tell them to use their grown up voice

  • Col

    I hear the tax payer will foot the bill for the travel round the country, I can understand one new leader of a party but not 3. I hope they do the right thing and share the hotel room, well Grant would be happy, Shane wouldn’t need to use pay TV but could join in for the real deal and Curry may learn a few tricks as I heard he likes to watch.

  • PhantomsDoc

    “It was a plan so cunning you could put a tail on it and call it a weasel (or Fran).”

    Or, taking in to account the Labour Factor…

    “It was a plan so cunning you could put a tail on it and call it a donkey.”

  • Teletubby

    JK should be getting NZ on Air funding for this. His TV show is a lot funnier than several so called comedians I can name, and of course one I can’t name