Alf’s good mate Phil Heatley, back in Opposition days, enjoyed watching Chris Carter wriggle at Question Time in Parliament. Alf enjoyed watching him wriggle, too.
Carter, you might recall, was Housing Minister before he came unglued within the Labour Party hierarchy.
And on more than one occasion our Phil had the bugger on the back foot – for example, when he asked how come a person could be allocated a State house in Māngere while owning a holiday home in Russell.
If you are going to dish it out in Opposition, you have to be able to take it in government, of course.
And when he became Minister of Housing, it looked like Phil was a feller who did not mind hard questioning.