If this afternoon was the result of National’s strategic big wigs in action they need to get new ones.
National took on Trevor Mallard in Parliament and lost.
I have watched the videos and still have no idea what the game plan was.
They started off with a letter containing an ultimatum which Mallard stared down.
They sought to get Mallard to respond by way of point order. He refused. This made them look weak and powerless.
They then engaged in a number of ridiculous points of order that were that far off point they were easily disposed of.
Then there was the sight of the petulant David Bennett dragging out a simple requirement for him to withdraw and apologise after making an out of order interjection.
After that Paula Bennett was kicked out for repeated interjections, specifically when Mallard was on his feet.
Hipkins outlined for National what they have to do, which is to set down a notice of motion if they want to take the matter further.
I suspect that this will be the next step that National takes.
Here is the video playback.
Bennett can’t say she wasn’t warned.