Thursday, June 13, 2013

But wait; there's more

Just when you thought the Labour/SkyCity corporate box story couldn't get any worse for Labour, it has. Patrick Gower has just be on air with Duncan Garner on RadioLive, and advised that five, not four Labour MP's were visitors to SkyCity's box at Eden Park last Saturday night. Annette King has been added to the list.

And that's not it; the Labour MP's weren't just there to watch a footie match and have a beer and a bite to eat. Mrs King, Phil Goff, Clayton Cosgrove and Kris Faafoi all enjoyed SkyCity's hospitality at Al Brown's Depot Eatery and Oyster Bar where such working-class-and-proud-of-it delicacies such as Squid ink linguine & ‘Cloudy Bay’ clams w/ hand-cut pasta, ficelle,‘Akaroa’ chorizo & sauv blanc sauce and Tuatua fritters w/ ‘Hawkes Bay’ sour pickle & egg mayo & fried capers feature on the menu. We're sure that a good time was had by all!

When Duncan Garner asked Patrick Gower whether 3News would be covering the story tonight, Gower replied "Of course we will. We always cover hypocrisy".

We don't know if we'd go as far as to call this hypocrisy by the Labour MP's in question, but it shows appalling judgment on their part. They are in the midst of a political debate with the Government with SkyCity at the centre, and suddenly around 15% of Labour's caucus including some of its most senior MP's are supping with the casino owners.

And lastly, Labour has once again managed to draw attention to itself for all the wrong reasons. They were granted a rare snap debate on Peter Dunne's resignation just 48 hours ago, but that seems a lifetime away as Labour's dreadful political management comes to the fore again and we all get the opportunity to poke the borax at them. If David Shearer can't keep a caucus of 33 in line, can he realistically be expected to run New Zealand?

8 comments:

jabba said...

"We don't know if we'd go as far as to call this hypocrisy" .. I would KS

Quintin Hogg said...

Bloody Hell KS.

The effrontery of the Labour people is astonishing.

Talk about re-arranging the feet placement in ones mouth.

Also, and reading between the lines, none of these worthies would have walked or bussed with the hoi-poloi to the game.

Their transport would have been top end - corporate cabs or similar provided by Sky...

Keeping Stock said...

I'm sure you're right QH, and I doubt that Mrs King and Messrs Cosgrove and Faafoi would have been able to fly south after the match on Saturday night, so where did they stay, and who paid?

lofty said...

They were skewered in TV 3 news....and rightly so.

pdm said...

Inv - they all probably dossed down at Phil's. Not down the road in Mount Roskill of course but miles away at his Karaka establishment.

Keeping Stock said...

Good point pdm; maybe there was a BBQ at Phil's place on the Sunday...

Armchair Critic said...

Your post relies on the premise that "if someone accepts the hospitality of another, they are completely beholden to their host". Previously I'd have said that was ridiculous, but maybe that's how things work for the political party or parties you support, KS.
The funny thing is, while I think you've over-egged it (by quite a long way), the fundamental point is one I agree with - this is not a good look for the MPs involved.
What I really like about this whole episode is that whatever happens suits me. If it all blows over and everyone goes "whatever", that's great. I'd like to see Labour get rid of some of their older hands and dead wood and here's as good a place as any to start. So let's say this blows up into a major and damaging fiasco that overshadows the GCSB privacy breaches and Peter Dunne's implosion. Brilliant, renewal in the Labour party. Keep up the good work KS, either way it works for me.

Keeping Stock said...

Well said AC. Three of the four Labour MP's at SkyCity's box fit that "dead wood" description, and with Faafoi, you'd think that those years as a political journalist exposing this kind of stuff would have prepared him to make better decisions. But the lure of all the freebies is just too strong.

As I said in my post, I don't necessarily regard this as hypocrisy by the MP's concerned, but considering that Goff, King and Cosgrove have a total of 66 years in Parliament between them, it's a dreadful lapse in their individual and collective judgment.