Trevor Mallard and Andrew Little would have us see their machinations to avoid being served court papers as indicative of their sheer scorn for the allegation that they defamed ACC Minister Judith Collins.
But they’re being unwise.
Whatever the merits of the case itself, legal process itself does require respect. And it’s not getting it from this pair.
On top of which, they don’t necessarily emerge as being on the high ground, at all.
Whatever their rhetoric, and it has been loudly and jovially dismissive, the methodology of dodging legal papers requires actions that are liable to look like skulking and hiding.
It’s hardly a good look for men proclaiming they have nothing to fear.
I don’t think they realise how bad it looks to the average member of the public.
This being the case, and given that Mr Little has plans to film any attempt to serve him and post it online, unofficial Nat advisers have already been suggesting that the best thing Ms Collins could do would be to hire the most petite and unthreatening woman available to serve the papers.
I can think of a couple of Auckland Young Nats who would be perfect!
Not that the documents really need to be thrust into the hands of the person being sued.
If the courts can be persuaded that someone is trying to avoid the process – and seldom would a more easy call be made in that regard than this case – the papers can simply be taped to their front door.
And Trevor and Andrew have guaranteed a court would agree. Another own goal.
The place to win an issue like this is in court.
They should welcome the chance to produce their proof. I mean surely they would have done a retraction, if they had no proof at all?