I think the Labour MPs who went to the SkyCity box for the rugby were stupid to do so. They have various excuses, including using the opportunity to express opposition:
Mr Faafoi said he often met with businesses and organisations he did not support and said he had made the party’s opposition to the Government’s deal with SkyCity clear.
“We told them Labour would repeal any special privileges to be exempt from gambling laws that applied to everyone else,” Mr Faafoi said.
But none the less it has handed Key his “deep hypocrisy” line, and the spinsters are gleefully running it.
It’s a pretty sad state of affairs. National have sold out NZ law, run a rigged process to favour Sky City, and signed off on arrangements that will increase the social damage caused by problem gambling. There in the corporate box the Nat MPs were no doubt lined up deep at the trough of corporate largesse, wallowing further in a relationship which is already far too cozy. But this “government for sale” is just fine, doesn’t raise a media eyebrow.
While it was stupid of Labour MPs to muddy the waters, the real scandal goes unremarked.