So John Key has set his taxpayer paid researchers onto David Shearer. The best they can come up with is that 11 years ago Shearer advocated using regulated mercenaries on UN peacekeeping missions because nations like the US are often unwilling to commit their own troops.
If Key, who is clearly obsessed with winning Mt Albert, (he made two unprovoked references to it in Question Time today) wants to play the scandal-monger with the tabloid media over a nominee, I say let him. Labour should keep concentrating on the issues that matter to the people in Mt Albert and around New Zealand jobs, the economy, the supercity.
Speaking of which, why the hell couldn’t Goff or Kedgley just directly ask Key whether he supported a referendum or not? Stop dancing around with convoluted questions and just ask him directly.
UPDATE: David Farrar claims Key’s office were in no way involved. I’m happy to take him at his word.