Both David Farrar and Cameron Slater have posts up attacking a comment by roger nome in one of our comment threads, and it shows they are worried about Key’s image as a do nothing ‘Minister for Overseas Holidays’.
On the surface level, it’s kind of cute that Farrar and Slater are obviously reading through our comment sections so thoroughly. I mean, and no disrespect to roger nome here, I hadn’t even seen the comment that has Farrar and Slater all in a lather. 200-odd comments a day is too many to read them all. The comment doesnt’ breach our high standards. You can write what you want in our comments threads as long as it’s on topic, not just trolling or flame-war inciting, and not gratuitously filthy or insulting. You can contrast that yourselves with what is allowed on Farrar and Slater’s blogs.
Frankly, Farrar and his rabid chihuahua Slater both going after a spur of the moment comment by an ordinary person on our blog and then trying to somehow link that to us or the Labour Party stinks of desperation.
And why wouldn’t they be desperate? The vitriolic response coming out of National’s proxies to questions about why John Key is spending so much time on holiday while unemployment continues to rise at home (and who he might be meeting with while spending all that time in the US) is revealing. They know that Key’s Achilles’ Heel is his ‘do nothing’ approach to government. That both Farrar and Slater have gone after a random comment in a post that criticises John ‘Minister for Overseas Holidays’ Key for his frequent vacations while Kiwis are still losing their jobs shows that they are aware that Key’s ‘do nothing’ image is hurting.
Maybe one of them could prove me wrong and write a post showing how Key’s policies and actions have helped contain unemployment and improve the lot of working New Zealanders. But what could they write about that? Nothing. Key is the do nothing Prime Minister. Therein lies their conundrum, and therein lies the genesis of these strange little attack posts.