Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Oh, Trevor!

Trevor Mallard has just opened up another can of worms for the Labour caucus. Barely has the fuss over David Shearer's man-on-a-roof comments gone off the boil, than the MP for Hutt South has posted this on Facebook:


What, if anything, was Mr Mallard thinking? After all, he's just witnessed upheavel in the Labour caucus, a "pull-yer-heads-in" call from his boss, and a huge backlash from the Labour rank and file. 

And the reference to Josie Pagani is fascinating. Mallard will have seen the anger directed at Mrs Pagani, and the in-fighting within the party. So why Trevor, why?

Is this the SMOG (Social Media Own Goal) to end all SMOG's? We suspect that we haven't heard the last of this one...

UPDATE: Oh dear; what's happened to Trevor's FB link? It's mysteriously disappeared...

7 comments:

jabba said...

the last time his leader sorted him out he was promoted. Shearer is between a rock and a very hard place here .. he should ask Helen what to do.

Edward the Confessor said...

All silent on the wheels falling off the government's flag-ship policy to enrich its friends then? Preferring to focus on trivialities rather than the actual issues. I can see why.

Gilly Suijt said...

Trevor won't be worried, despite the removal of the item. National is fully exposed by the Afghanistan deaths and the demise of the asset sales programme to mention only two nightmares for Key and his team and New Zealanders are not going to be slightly interested in some lighter-than-air puff from Mallard. Edward says the wheels are falling off and he's got that right in one. He's also called the diversionary technique correctly.

Keeping Stock said...

@ Edward and Gilly - it's not just the right-leaning blogs who have raised eyebrows over Mallard; check this out at The Standard from a Labour Party regional chairman:

mickysavage 12
22 August 2012 at 10:42 am

Is Trevor Mallard insane? For those who are Facebook friends with him …

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=273436876102236&set=a.206223432823581.42939.193902650722326&type=1&theater

Quacker's Lament said...

Labour has a major problem.
On the one hand, what Mallard is saying is pitched directly to Labour's original core constituency, the blue collar working man.
Labour needs that cornerstone.
But on the other hand, Labour has to deny that constituency for fear of upsetting the huge bloc of easy votes dependent of welfare.
The tax and spend philosophy of the left is under threat as the economy continues to struggle, while at the same time Len Brown is sucking extra money out of the Auckland ratepayers who make up 25% of the voting public nationwide.
It is not that Labour does not need to appeal to those struggling whilst still in work, it is just that they need to conceal that message in their public utterances.
The welfare dependent are rapidly being subsumed into the Green Party's constituency to boost that Party's reinvigorated thrust for political relevance.
The battle for the left of the spectrum could become a bloody affair, and will require all of the negative rhetoric that both parties can muster.
Although that comes naturally to both Labour and the Greens, at least some of those constituents will tire of being constantly reminded that they are losers, not because they find themselves in unfortunate circumstances, but more because they recognise they are be used by the politically ravenous.

mickysavage said...

A correction KS. I am not the chair of the Auckland Regional Council. I am but a lowly foot soldier seeking to make Aotearoa a better place.

Keeping Stock said...

Correction duly noted; cheers for that Micky.