Fran O’Sullivan at NZ Herald writes:
Joyce’s Twitter exchange was more prosaic than the US President’s, but no less focused.
What got up Joyce’s nose was the implication that Pellett – who is a cherished Labour Party favourite – was having a bob each way on the issue du jour: whether Endace should pay back $11 million of Government R&D loans it received before it passes into 100 per cent foreign ownership, substantially enriching its founders.
Let’s say upfront that Pellett has been a thorn in the Government’s side.
I expect he will be on the Labour Party list. He is their biggest cheerleader on Twitter.
He is a spokesman for the Productive Economy Council and has kicked the Government’s shins hard over its plans to sell down its holdings in state-owned assets. So it’s no surprise that Joyce – who has been remarkably unrestrained recently – took the opportunity to have a slash back. …
The Twitter battle between Joyce and Pellett was great sport:
“So you collect taxpayer support, decide to sell shares, make lots of money & then moan about it in @nzherald #unbelievable … BTW R & D co-funding is about doing R&D in NZ, not supporting individuals. But happy 4 u 2 repay so we can fund others,” Joyce tweeted at Pellett.
Pellett tweeted back: “Mr Joyce, you should check all yr facts. Interesting a Minister would target an individual for speaking out on policy.”
It’s called hypocrisy. It is fine to target people for that.