The Labour party and glass, um, houses

By Toby Manhire In Politics, The Internaut

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This jazzed up image comes from the NZ Labour Party’s Facebook page:

A bit of a laugh, etc.

“More clear thinking from National,” snorts the posting.

But as has been observed, when your own leader is routinely under fire for spluttering and unsteady responses to questions (“a stumbling, bumbling, incoherent wreck”, sort of thing), these may not be the best variety of stones to be throwing.

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5 Responses to “The Labour party and glass, um, houses”

  1. Alastair Thompson Mar 19 2013, 12:20pm

    Dear Toby,

    Have you considered reversing the order of the comment thread so that this accords with standard practice. Or is this the way all APN threads are ordered.
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    • Toby Manhire Mar 19 2013, 12:24pm

      Hey Alastair - I'll ask about that. TBH we're hardly flooded with comments but it would be good to be able to shuffle them according to preference.. T
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  2. Alastair Thompson Mar 19 2013, 9:12am

    http://bit.ly/15WtC3i

    An oft used quote.

    I am not entirely sure it is fair to make a comparison however. Shearer was elected in a by-election in 2010 and became leader in early 2012. Key has been Prime Minister for four years.

    Moreover, while Shearer certainly made some miss-steps - this is hardly surprising - he is walking through a minefield - which in his case is something he has experience of doing.

    At times with David Shearer I think people mistake carefulness for incoherence, they sometimes look similar.

    And finally as anyone who ever interviewed Bill Birch will testify, incoherence during interviews and at times even be an adaptive political trait.

    As for the primary point - it is fascinating where this is going to take us.

    On the one hand we have $50,000 in a bank account (which looks bad), and on the other we have a Prime Minister who seems to no longer be at the wheel, a government in disarray, a judiciary in open revolt & security services who can't tell Arthur from Martha
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    • Giovanni Tiso Mar 19 2013, 10:11am

      Correction: We have *at least* $50,000 in a bank account. I don't think we know the amount, just that the rule is that anything over 50k must be declared.
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  3. Giovanni Tiso Mar 18 2013, 8:09pm

    "I was going around the streets before the last election, knocked on a guy's door, he walked out on the lawn with me and pointed over and said this guy supposedly - I think he said he had a bad back or a bad something or other - and the point was, I mean, wasn't actually... whether this guy was right or not I don't know, but the point is, what I was trying to make is the point about fairness and the way New Zealanders feel about fairness. They don't want... this guy in particular said look I'm working hard, I pay my taxes, I'm doing all the right things and this guy - in his opinion, and that's what I said in my thing - is ripping the system off. Now I don't care if you're a millionaire not paying his taxes or somebody on the benefit who shouldn't be getting one. The way that New Zealanders see that is that it's not fair when somebody is not doing the right thing. That's the point of what I was saying."
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