Former Labour president Andrew Little is not resiling from his "humorous, satirical" suggestion that Auckland councillor George Wood would like to end the Occupy protest in Aotea Square by gunning protesters down.
Mr Little, who is standing in New Plymouth this election, made the comments on Mr Wood's Facebook page yesterday in response to a post from the former policeman and former Mayor of North Shore.
Now, we've never met Andrew Little in person. But from what we've seen of him in the public domain, we wouldn't have thought that he was particularly of the humourous or satirical ilk; he generally comes across as somewhat scholarly and serious.
And although he could have shut this down with a quick apology, he's allowed his SMOG to fester. Perhaps we should remind him of WhaleOil's Rules of Politics, and in particular this one:
Rule #1: If you're explaining, you're losing