Where do I start? It should have been such a triumphant week for Labour. It was all lined up. Incumbency means advantage Labour. Platform set. Pause. Touch lives. Engage the voters.
Yep normally Budget Week is the best week of the year for the Government. It is the week where they are setting the agenda.
But then the warning lights came on and the May meltdown was under way, although not initially obvious.
The inexperience took over, the blind spots were magnified, and when a professional was needed Labour sent in a bovver boy or muppet, depending on the situation. Woeful arrived when they needed wonderful.
Amateur hour become two, then three, and then a nightmare on Molesworth St began to unfold.
Speaker Trevor Mallard should never have released his inquiry so close to the Budget. Too much risk. Too much Trevor. Only Trevor could call someone a rapist when there’s no evidence to suggest such a vile title was needed.
There is still more to come on this.
He won’t go, and the lack of even the slightest of apologies was a glaring omission showing just how arrogant Labour has got so quickly into this first term. More on arrogance shortly.
No-one has apologised for anything.
KiwiBuild then coughed and spluttered into a shallow grave too. The last rites are expected any day now, but it’s officially called a reset and any apologies for misleading a nation look miles off, and if they come will be forced and lack the necessary authenticity to take seriously.
Labour promised 1,000 houses by 30 June, in 29 days. They have delivered 102 so need to deliver 32 homes a day or a new home every 45 minutes to make their election promise.
Then, as all this is going down, under the radar the unlikely Simon Bridges is masterfully trapping Labour in one of the most emphatic Budget smuggles ever.A stunning but simple ho-hum entry on to a public website. Shock. Horror. So humiliated, these Labour muppets couldn’t bring themselves to accept someone might be smarter than they are, so collapsed into their default settings of saying Nasty National the criminals.
Resignations won’t happen, but Grant Robertson, Winston Peters and Treasury’s chief tool Gabriel Makhlouf would be leading contenders for the high jump. In the end, all ended up looking a failed three-way protection racket for the slow and even slower.
So much to apologise for, and just in one week!