NZ First leader Winston Peters held an audience of more than 300 of over-50s enthralled with jokes and passionate swipes at the Government as he hit the comeback trail in Horowhenua.
It seems there is an Opposition after all, it's just outside Parliament. Peters had this to say:
The Government's true colours were shown last week when Finance Minister Bill English boasted about the low wages in this country being an attraction for overseas investors, he said.
"The only people this Government looks after are those on the top of the pile – they are creaming it ... [while] taxpayer dollars get siphoned off in billions to save failing businesses.
"This Government gives huge tax cuts to the rich and increases taxes on food and the necessaries of life for families..."
That's a very accurate description of the govt - exactly the kind of thing the Opposition should be putting out there. Perhaps Goff could get around to something similar if his colleagues didn't kick off a voter-repelling media circus every time he gets up to speak. But they do, so expect NZ First to be back in Parliament this year.