Andrew Little is seeking to regain the electorate of New Plymouth for the Labour Party. It really doesn't matter if he wins the seat or not; he's far enough up Labour's party list to be guaranteed a place in the 50th Parliament.
He might be smarting though over Phil Goff's "policy on the hoof" last week (as it was described by John Armstrong on Saturday), suggesting a moratorium on deep sea oil drilling. Taranaki is not known as the Energy Province without good reason. And many of Andrew Little's EPMU members in Taranaki, and especially in New Plymouth owe their jobs to successful on-shore and off-shore energy projects.
But we digress. Andrew Little has ventured into social media, and has immediately got himself into a pickle. George Wood, an Auckland councillor and a mate of Keeping Stock from many, many haircuts ago registered his concern at the continued illegal occupation of Aotea Square by protesters. He linked to an article on Stuff quoting fellow councillor Christine Fletcher, expressing concern at the continued occupation which although it contravenes council bylaws, is receiving support from some councillors. And guess who was the second respondant to George's Facebook post; check this out:
Now Andrew Little may indeed be upset that Phil Goff pulled the rug out from underneath him last week, even though Goff is now frantically back-pedalling and suggesting that he didn't actually mean moratotium when he said "moratorium". But that doesn't excuse a public bout of petulance from the candiate for New Plymouth, and for the leadership of the Labour Party.
So it's definitely an own goal from Andrew Little, and because he scored it on Facebook, that makes it a SMOG - a Social Media Own Goal. Before getting onto the realm of personal attacks, Andrew Little needs to reflect on one thing; George Wood has an electoral mandate. Andrew Little does not, and if this is an example of how he endeavours to win friends and influence people, he will at best be a List MP after 26th November.