The five opposition parties who on Tuesday tried to pass a vote of no confidence in the Speaker of the National Assembly Baleka Mbete were never going to win the day. They simply do not have the numbers to defeat the ANC in a vote. The point of the motion was to push Mbete’s back to the wall and show her that she will not go unchallenged in future. It was also to demonstrate how a united force of the opposition can disrupt the way things have always been done. In the end, the ANC won the vote and Mbete remains in the Speaker’s chair. But Parliament is now the field of political battle and one who triumphs in the House may not necessarily be winning the perception war. By RANJENI MUNUSAMY.