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?