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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