Where is Labour’s political management?

June 14th, 2013 at 11:00 am by David Farrar

We’re now on Day 7 of stories about MPs accepting hospitality from at Eden Park, just weeks after campaigning that any agreement that gives them extra pokie machines is disgraceful and how gambling destroys people’s lives etc.

When I ran into Clayton Cosgrove leaving the Sky City box, I thought that I might be able to get a minor mention in the media for a day or two. I never thought Labour would be so politically incompetent that they would allow it to run for an entire week, ending up with an eventual confession from David Shearer that he was also there.

There’s four things Labour should have done, in order:

  1. Decline the invite. Say that you’ll take it up at some future event, not not just a few weeks after you’ve been savaging the convention centre deal.
  2. If you do attend, let the media know in advance that some MPs will be in attendance, and get your spin in first that the MPs wish to engage with Sky City as a major employer, but will be making their policy clear that they will pass a law repealing the convention centre deal. That way you get just one story on it, not a series of them.
  3. Once rumbled, immediately front up with which MPs were in attendance, rather than have the press gallery pack hunt down each MP individually to question them.
  4. Don’t do a partial denial about David Shearer being there. For two days they pushed the line that he was not a guest of Sky City, but eventually conceded that he did visit the box. Their claim he didn’t drink anything while there was correctly described by Steven Joyce as the “i did not inhale” defence.

This story could have been a one or two day wonder. Instead it was a major story again on 3 News last night, almost a week later.

I’m amazed that Labour’s political management was so lacking, that they didn’t front up to media requests on Sunday and Monday for a list of who was in attendance. Either the Labour whips and leader’s office didn’t know themselves – or worse they did know and thought it would be better to have the media drag the names out one by one all week.

And the partial denials over Shearer being there just made the media more determined to keep pursuing the story.

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34 Responses to “Where is Labour’s political management?”

  1. kowtow (7,955 comments) says:

    There’s only one thing Labour should have done;

    stop being such fucking hypocrites.

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  2. backster (2,123 comments) says:

    They could also have done what Trev may have. Scalped the invitation at the Otara Fleamarket the preceding weekend.

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  3. ignant_immigant (29 comments) says:

    What this clearly shows is that the party is fragmented to such a degree that there is no effective leadership structure, no single voice on issues, as demonstarted time and time again and no consequences for anything really.

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  4. alex Masterley (1,501 comments) says:

    Having read the register of pecuniary interests on a number of occasions, there are a number of references to receipt of hospitality by MP’s, so I confidently expect that the most recent junkets will appear, together with complimentary accommodation etc.
    Also analysis of those MPs credit card receipts for the relevant period when released could be fun!

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  5. Francis_X (149 comments) says:

    Fucken hypocrites. DPF, you let them off lightly. Each one of those MPs, including Shearer, should hang their heads in shame. Or just get the hell out of Parliament. They’re past their Use By date.

    @ Backster – partly right. They could’ve scalped the tickets and donated the proceeds to the Problem Gambling Foundation or whatever it’s called. The publicity would’ve been gold.

    Instead, the country looks down at them with utter contempt.

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  6. bhudson (4,736 comments) says:

    Responsibility has to be placed at the feet of the leaders and key staffers:

    - David Shearer
    - Grant Robertson
    - CoS and other key staffers, who are all Grant Robertson’s mates, are they not?

    Doesn’t auger well for results under the (presumptive) next Labour leader either.

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  7. Michael (899 comments) says:

    Is the Leaders Office undermining the leader? Just who appointed all the staff in there!

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  8. Keeping Stock (10,181 comments) says:

    I’ve also just blogged about this. Yes; the political management around this issue has been appalling, and Shearer dug an even deeper hole for himself with his interview with Marcus Lush on RadioLive this morning:

    http://www.radiolive.co.nz/Labour-Leader-David-Shearer-admits-he-was-furious-with-his-MPs-for-taking-up-a-Sky-City-invite-to-go-to-the-rugby/tabid/506/articleID/36044/Default.aspx

    The question I’m asking though concerns Kris Faafoi. The MP for Mana is both a former journalist and Chief Press Secretary to Phil Goff. So what happened to his journalistic instincts when he received the invite from SkyCity? Of all the Labour MP’s who enjoyed some corporate largesse on Saturday night, Faafoi should have known that there was a negative headline of TV story there. When he was a political reporter for TVNZ, he would have loved to have a story like this dropped into his lap.

    Labour’s political strategy and management are woeful at the moment. You could almost be persuaded to think that Grant Robertson and Tim Barnett are setting David Shearer up to take a fall in 2014…

    http://keepingstock.blogspot.co.nz/2013/06/we-cant-help-but-wonder_14.html

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  9. labrator (1,849 comments) says:

    If Labour were a train company it’d be called KiwiDerail.

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  10. NK (1,138 comments) says:

    Long may the ineptitude, mismanagement and hypocrisy continue.

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  11. burt (8,036 comments) says:

    Socialism – do as we say not as we do… Yet people still think it’s a viable way of disguising a dictatorship….

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  12. BeaB (2,084 comments) says:

    Who attended and who paid for the meal at Sky City restaurant The Depot – and were they allowed to queue-jump?
    Where did they stay – Sky City Grand? Who paid?
    What else was included?

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  13. TheContrarian (1,082 comments) says:

    “…For two days they pushed the line that he was not a guest of Sky City, but eventually conceded that he did visit the box. Their claim he didn’t drink anything while there…”

    Wow, that is powerfully lame.

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  14. dishy (234 comments) says:

    Perhaps the Labour whores feel so bad about the Dunne bizzo that they are diverting attention from it – very effectively.

    The same goes for that pond-dwelling Peters.

    Come on Noddy Norman – you’re in danger of being outgoofballed! Say something – anything – so that you regain the lead.

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  15. Manolo (13,517 comments) says:

    Political management? What political management?
    Captain Mumbefluck Shearer appears more adrift, lost and stranded than Robinson Crusoe.

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  16. Drone (11 comments) says:

    Don’t worry about who paid for the hotels and meals, the New Zealand public via the Parliamentary Service paid for the airfares for Kris, Annette and Clayton and probably the hotels, meals and taxis. It was after all a significant political event.

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  17. RF (1,346 comments) says:

    Mumblefuck, Cluster fuck, SNAFU..many new names for the Labour party. What a bunch of useless fuck whits.

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  18. bhudson (4,736 comments) says:

    ^^ or is that Robertson Crusoe?

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  19. Cunningham (829 comments) says:

    Another great story:

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=10890524

    Will people really vote for these bufoons when it comes to election time? AU is an indication of where NZ will go come 2014 if they win.

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  20. ross69 (3,652 comments) says:

    We’re now on Day 7 of stories about Labour MPs accepting hospitality from Sky City

    How many days has it been since the Kim Dotcom scandal? Too many days for you to count I suspect…

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  21. Cunningham (829 comments) says:

    ross69 (2,450) Says:

    “How many days has it been since the Kim Dotcom scandal? Too many days for you to count I suspect…”

    Problem is ross, no one cares! They see the economy recovering (i.e. my previous story is an example) and they just don’t give a shit about beltway issues like Kim Dotcom.

    This story however is something people can relate to hence why it has blown up. Your beloved party is just a joke mate and anyone who is not remotely blind can see it.

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  22. OneTrack (2,834 comments) says:

    ross69 – thanks for the attempted misdirect but, no, we are still talking about the Labour party hypocritical troughers and how low they can go. My personal guess has already been beaten and there seems to be no end in sight.

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  23. Sir Cullen's Sidekick (839 comments) says:

    Does it matter? Look at the polls mate. Labour-Green-NZ First-Mana – sleep walking to victory. These are minor matters and nobody cares.

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  24. Prince (92 comments) says:

    Shearer digs a bigger hole for himself now..
    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/8796954/MPs-warned-over-corporate-box-invite

    “The invitation was “obviously a gift, on one level it is a perk of the job”, he said”
    So FBT will be paid, right ?

    “I’ve spoken to them, obviously. They won’t tell you what I’ve said, but I’ve spoken to them”
    Oh Really ? They won’t leak ? Labour MP’s ?

    “Shearer had gone into the box to speak to someone he knew was there, whom he declined to name. He would not explain how he knew the person was in the box. ”
    I demand to know who he spoke to, and what was said. Release all emails with that individual. Detail of any meetings over the last 5 years, including minutes and notes. How did he know he/she was there ?

    “He said he did not know his colleagues were being hosted by SkyCity until he got there. ”
    Wow. Nice leadership David.

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  25. David Garrett (6,786 comments) says:

    DPF: Why are you giving your assistance – for free no less – to this sorry band? There is every chance enough of the sheeple will vote like idiots to elect them come November…why assist them?

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  26. bringbackdemocracy (416 comments) says:

    They should have sent Mallard, so he could stage a walk out! He’s been getting in some practice.

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  27. Pete George (23,345 comments) says:

    Where is Labour’s political management?

    Where’s Labour’s leadership?
    Where’s Labour’s rebuilding?
    Where’s Labour’s strategies?
    Where’s Wallies? That’s the easy one.

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  28. davidp (3,558 comments) says:

    >Shearer had gone into the box to speak to someone he knew was there, whom he declined to name. He would not explain how he knew the person was in the box.

    This is great. Shearer has secret offshore bank accounts. Now he has secret meetings with people that are hosted by a multi-national gambling company. You couldn’t invent this level of dodginess.

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  29. marcw (238 comments) says:

    If Shearer can’t remember $50,000 overseas bank accounts, how could he possibly remember what he was doing last weekend? Let alone who he spoke to in a Corporate Box.

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  30. Black with a Vengeance (1,726 comments) says:

    Surely Fa’afoi. who was one of the culprits, could spin a suitable line given he was a press sec for Goff ?

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  31. bhudson (4,736 comments) says:

    ^^ That’s a poacher turned gamekeeper right there, BWAV.

    You can just hear the suckling…

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  32. Black with a Vengeance (1,726 comments) says:

    yep…Garbage in, garbage out!

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  33. Sponge (156 comments) says:

    “Shearer had gone into the box to speak to someone he knew was there, whom he declined to name. He would not explain how he knew the person was in the box.”

    He went in to say hi to his MP’s obviously. No wonder he wouldn’t say how he knew they were there.

    If you need a laugh have a look at how the stranded are trying to brush this off. It is hilarious.

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  34. allgoodal (14 comments) says:

    Where’s Penny Bright when it really counts! Her presence in the corporate box would have been at least as entertaining as the actual game.

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