Helen Clark laid into National leader John Key's performance in last night's head to head debate today saying it was lucky he didn't cry and accusing him of having a tantrum.
"The fact he didn't burst out crying on the set probably counted for him," she said during a Radio Live question and answer session this morning.
Later in the day she didn't resile from her criticism telling reporters that expectations around Mr Key's performance before the debate were low and; "the fact he didn't collapse with a stress attack on the set probably gave him marks".
The two party leaders performed well in the debate, watched by 1.1 million New Zealanders, but because Mr Key was less experienced but did a good enough job to turn around a flat few days for National he was deemed by some to be the winner.
TVNZ's phone poll declared him ahead by a long way.
Miss Clark said the poll was worthless as it was self-selecting and there was a charge.
And what did Clark have to say about THAT comment?
At one point Miss Clark made a comment that Mr Key may shout at home but he wouldn't shout her down.
Today she said she was not accusing him of yelling at his family.
"What I meant was he was having a tantrum he was completely out of control trying to shout me down..."
Whatever Helen, whatever...