Labour took a pounding via social media and websites last year. Their strategic genius Trevor Mallard just kept giving the VRWC free hits, and in the circumstances, it would have been churlish not to oblige!
Labour subsequently took a pounding in November's election, and has done no end of navel-gazing as it tries to work out where the party went wrong. But today suggests that they haven't learned from last years SMOG's (Social Media Own Goals). They've put this website up - Show Us Your Cards John - where they say:
The National Party is changing the law to allow hundreds more pokie machines at Sky City's Auckland casino in return for a convention centre. They've decided to do this even though it will increase problem gambling.
Is this legislation for sale?
Has John Key done a dodgy deal with Sky City?
Take a moment to write to John Key and let him know what you think...
Send a message to John Key
So we've taken them up on their kind offer; we've sent John Key the following:
Auckland really needs a new Convention Centre. Congratulations on having the foresight to do it without an impost on Auckland ratepayers, and thanks for the construction and the ongoing hospitality jobs that will eventuate. Compromise is an important part of politics, and until the Labour Party grasps that, they cannot be trusted to run the country again. You are holding all the aces here, and all Labour can do is bluff and bluster as usual.
Well done Mr Key, and don't let the nay-sayers grind you down!
We urge you to do likewise; regardless of whether you abhor the idea of SkyCity getting more pokies, or whether you welcome the 1800 short-term and long-term jobs that the building of a Convention Centre will create, tell John Key what you think. It's participatory democracy at its very best! But we'd suggest that you get in quickly, because history has shown that when the SMOG descends, Labour is quick to remove the source of it!
Hat-tip: Whale Oil