I don’t know what’s worse. Watching Trevor Mallard engage in amateur clap-trap like this or the fact the Labour caucus has decided a man with judgement this poor should run their campaign.
When I heard Trevor had decided to bike-race National’s muckslinger in an election year I thought it was a sideshow, a bad call but not worth commenting on, but now watching the shambles as he attacks the very media that Labour was just starting to get traction with is, frankly, angering.
And don’t think the media hasn’t noticed it. John Hartevelt points out:
But what, I think, this persistent (if informal) line of attack from Labour shows is that politically, it is focused on the wrong things.
It suggests Labour believes that if its clever policy is not providing a bounce in the polls, it must just be because the party is not getting a fair crack from the media.
There may or may not be some truth to that, but either way, instead of whingeing incessantly about it and sending out barely veiled attacks on journalists, why not try something else to turn it around?
I’ve noticed the gallery taking Key and his government to task a lot more this year than previously. I suspect that it’s partly because some of the shine is wearing off Key but also because the media like a horse-race and that means putting labour in the race.
At this rate however Trevor’s going to ensure the media (and anyone with the slightest respect for dignity) isn’t going to give a toss if Labour goes down in flames.
If it were just Trevor going down I wouldn’t give a toss but the many, many people that will be hurt by a second term of National deserve better representation.
I’ve heard rumours that there will be a Mallard/King deputy/leader ticket bid shortly after the election. If that’s true then god help the Labour party. Because nobody else will.