I reckon Red Alert, the Labour MPs’ blog, has been a huge success. It’s great to see MPs unscripted and it’s good for them to get the instant public reaction in the comments.
It’s also a bit of a political risk. When you’re allowing instant, uncensored public reaction you can’t hide from criticism and you will be held to account for your statements. That level of risk is something I could never imagine them allowing even a year ago.
Still, it seems to be working for them. Trevor Mallard, in particular, is a born blogger. His posts reveal he’s got real smarts, which is missed when the media just wants to focus on his (too frequent) outbursts.
Anyway, the point of this post is to point you to this caption contest post where Trev takes the piss out of Chippie (Chris Hipkins). Hilarious.
– Marty G