They’re polling their own members about the party’s branding (not its values, its branding). That’s a good thing – it’s the members’ party after all.
How can the poll be ‘secret’? It went out by email to thousands of members. Does the media want a press release every time a party asks itself a question?
I hear that they’d had over a thousand responses in less than 24 hours from members thrilled to be consulted about the image of their party. It’s democratic, it’s transparent, it’s the right thing to do and Labour should be proud.
The fact that this comes a day after the media refused to even touch the revelation that the Government was secretly advised that its 3 strikes legislation could lead to more murders is telling. The press has lost all sense of perspective and all sense of balance.
Charles Chauvel comments to his partner about kids on a plane – that becomes a media pile-on against Labour.
Whale attacks Chris Carter over his mum’s phone bill when his mum is dead and the bill was for David Carter’s mum – that’s news according to Audrey Young.
Labour polls its members – gets attacked for it.
But ‘govt puts lives at risk with 3 strikes bill’ – what a yawn!
This crap is why mainstream journalism is dying, and why I’ve stopped lamenting the fact.
For Labour my message is this. Harden up. Don’t be worried about these f#cken hacks and the Nats having a go. There’s nothing embarrassing about asking the members of the party what image they want the party to have. It’s their party!
You’re doing the right thing, be proud of it. And for god’s sake sort things out in the goffice. The media doesn’t get so hostile by magic, it’s because they’re being managed by National and not by you. Don’t be afraid of them, get a strategy, build those relationships, be direct with them, and don’t let them think you’re hiding stuff from them.