I commented on Twitter yesterday how Sue Bradford complained there were more Police at the National Party conference than protesters. I remarked that I thought this was more a reflection on the protesters than the Police, as not the fault of the Police there were so few protesters.
John Armstrong writes in the NZ Herald:
National’s annual conference was not short of protests. But the protests were embarrassingly short of protesters.
Contrary to the impression given by some accounts, the 400 or so party faithful did not spend their weekend cowering inside Auckland’s SkyCity Convention Centre behind a not-so-thin blue line of police.
The police showed up in significant number; the protesters did not. Yesterday morning’s all-comers rally against everything National stands for drew a total of 79 people – it may well have been counter-productive.
Must have been the weather!