Handle9: Going on the attack in the house was stupid. National are on a relentlessly negative path rather than being sensible and constructive.
What is he meant to do? Lavish unequivocal praise on the Government?
No - but I think that the right thing to do would be to keep it zipped. This is an emergency - Labour fell in behind to support emergency response to the Cant'y quakes, despite that giving draconian powers to the government at the time (which they ended up cynically abusing - but that's another story).