Political polls have registered a considerable fall in support for the National Party after Prime Minister John Key admitted he couldn’t walk on water.
The admission was forced from the PM after sustained questioning from journalists, arm chair critics and opposition MPs who had worked together to formulate a plan to refloat the container ship Rena.
“The beauty of our plan was in its simplicity and it caught him out” Opposition leader Phil Goff, said.
“We just wanted him to do something, that’s not too much to ask. If I can put my best suit and shiny shoes at risk by picking up a shovel for a photo opportunity, then the least he can do is something.”
Mr Goff wouldn’t be drawn on what the “something” should be.
“That’s not up to me. I’m not the Prime Minister, though I’d like to be and after this I might well be. It’s not my job to come up with solutions, it’s my job to criticise the government for not coming up with solutions and that’s what I did.
“I put that to him. I told him that he must do something and that’s when he confessed . He said he can’t walk on water and we all heard him say it.”
Mr Goff said Labour Party research unit and several journalists were combing through Hansard to find examples when Mr Key had claimed he could walk on water.
“He’s admitted he can’t, now we just have to find proof that he said he could and we’ll have him.”
Mr Goff said they were also looking for suggestions the PM might have made over his ability to leap tall buildings at a single bound.
Mr Key wasn’t available for comment but a Beehive insider said he had been spotted heading for parliament’s swimming pool.