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11:16 am, March 9th, 2010 - 18 comments
Categories: blogs, national - Tags: aaron gilmore, amy adams, colin king, craig foss, eric roy, nationalmps, nicky wagner, red alert, simon bridges
Remember how a couple of months back National set up NationalMPs? It was meant to be their answer to Red Alert, Labour’s frequently raucous, unstagemanaged blog where Labour’s MPs write what they want.
The problem is, either the National leadership doesn’t trust its MPs not to say something really stupid (a safe presumption given their line-up) and aren’t letting anything but the most innocuous, non-political posts go up, or National’s MPs really are just incredible bores and buffoons. Maybe it’s both.
I’d actually completely forgotten about NationalMPs [hattip to mickysavage for reminding me]. And that says something in itself. Our rightwing counterparts certainly haven’t forgotten about Red Alert because it’s interesting and the MPs write passionately about real issues. Here, in contrast, are the topics of the last week’s posts on NationalMPs:
The tag-line of the site is “join the conversation” but there are literally no comments on any of the posts. That’s not surprising. Who wants to converse about flowers with Nicky Wagner, whose only achievement of any note has been getting caught out in the [insert region here] fiasco?
In fact, the most interesting thing on the site is a picture of Cam Calder standing next to a Young Nat who is wearing an abort73.com t-shirt. Abort73 is a virulent anti-right to choose organisation from the US (Roe v Wade was in 1973).
Come on National, it’s a new century (no, not the 20th, the 21st) and the public deserves better from politicians than generic [insert region here] newsletters and stage-managed blog sites. Your MPs do actually have ideas of their own to communicate, don’t they?