So it's a week or two old, but this story sort of relates to what I was talking about yesterday. If you will, remember back to Gerry Brownlee's recent attempt to make an ass of himself by having a crack at Finland. Michael Edmonds disassembles Brownlee's facts. Or a couple of them at least.
One of the things that I would very much like the people running this country (it is a reasonably important job after all) to have, is a grasp on the relevant facts. I don't care what party they're from. They're all entitled to their own opinions, but not their own facts. When politicians come out with random cracks* like Brownlee did, it brings the profession as a whole into disrepute. When you compare the facts presented with the actual facts and a little to often, the presented facts are found wanting - that erodes trust.
*No, I don't seriously give credence to the idea that he was trying to be funny. It's the same pathetic excuse that is used time and time again when someone puts their foot in it. i.e the "lighten up it's was just a joke" defence. While I suspect most politicians have a (alarmingly boring) sense of humour, they shouldn't be attempting to use it in the house.