Stuff journalist John Hartevelt can't have heard of the restriction imposed by the Electoral Commission; he tweeted:
@jhartevelt John HarteveltTwo credit downgrades in a day, an SAS soldier killed and the PM's hosting talk-back offering to answer calls about his cat?! Epic fail.
Interestingly, Labour MP Grant Robertson retweeted Hartevelt's comment. For those who are not Twitter users, retweeting is the forwarding on of someone else's comment to your followers. Generally it's something you find amusing, or with which you agree.
Robertson later added his own comment:
@grantrobertson1 Grant RobertsonIt's ok, the PM told Radio Live that he will talk to "someone important" about Coro St. Wonder if he might do the same for economy?
Other Labour MP's and supporters berated Key for ignoring the burning issues of the day. And even yesterday, former advisor to Phil Goff, John Pagani blogged this on Stuff:
It's hard to imagine a more damning verdict on where our economy is headed than the double downgrade inflicted late last week.
How lucky is this Government? The news of the double downgrade came in the deadzone of a Friday, and then the All Blacks got an even bigger kick in the groin than our economy.
The afternoon that this grave economic news arrived, the prime minister went on radio for an hour ... and ignored the crisis. He talked about his cat, Moonbeam.
It's pretty obvious that Labour was trying to score points against the PM for avoiding the burning issues of the day.
But then Labour decided to have a dollar each way; the Herald reports:
Labour has lodged a complaint over Prime Minister John Key's hosting of a Radio Live programme last week.
Labour Party general secretary Chris Flatt today lodged complaints with the Broadcasting Standards Authority and the Electoral Commission following Mr Key's hour-long segment on the station last Friday.
"I believe that John Key hosting a programme on Radio Live so close to the election breached both the Broadcasting Act and the Electoral Act," Mr Flatt said.
In relation to the Broadcasting Act, the complaint argues that Mr Key's hour breached the prohibition on paid election programmes and breached the Election Programmes Code of Broadcasting Practice.
In relation to the Electoral Act, the complaint argued it breached the prohibition on paid election programmes, and was an unauthorised election advertisement.
Hang on a minute; didn't Labour moan that Key's programme wasn't political enough? Oh dear; there's just no pleasin' some people. Is it any wonder that Labour has just recorded its lowest-ever level of support in the 3News poll?