Dunno if the newspapers are mentioning it today, but Alf was among the great majority of MPs who voted to raise the tax on tobacco.
He did this because he believes making tobacco more expensive is an effective way of discouraging its use and reducing the huge death toll from tobacco-related illnesses.
He is a caring bloke, your Alf, keen to reduce rates of preventable disease among all New Zealanders.
All New Zealanders, he emphasises. Not just some.
Alf was dismayed to read a media statement from Hone Harawira, apparently spelling out the Maori Party’s position.