I don’t like listening to talkback radio, it’s not my thing. But I was prompted to listen today to a clip of Josie Pagani as she apparently named 3 regular ‘anonymous’ Standard bloggers. More on that in a bit.
Whilst I’ve got as frustrated as others who have posted, I’ve not had an anti-Pagani post before – because I don’t think it’s helpful to have Labour attacking each other in public; that stuff is best behind closed doors. A divided party is not a winning party.
But Josie Pagani keeps on insisting on doing it, even right now in the middle of an election, as she did in the Newstalk piece.
It’s incredibly frustrating. To a large number of people who listen to talkback, she pretty much is the voice of Labour.
And what do they hear? Her constantly bagging Labour, about how it’s divided, pursuing the wrong strategy, and don’t have a hope. Thanks.
That’ll make them vote for us.
If you talk to activists, or MPs, it doesn’t seem there’s a lot of division (not now at any rate). The division is in fact Josie Pagani. It’s because she doesn’t agree. And half the time the Labour people she doesn’t agree with are Straw People.
Her latest Pundit piece started off with a great horde of straw.
Labour’s campaign launch was great because it focussed on making great numbers of ordinary NZers better off… so far so good… but then she starts going on about how some in Labour think that’s not progressive and all that matters is hating Hollywood and whether you have a penis.
Gah! Having a problem with the Hobbit law isn’t hating Hollywood, it’s focussing on making workers better off, by protecting work rights – that’s the core of Labour’s principles. And whether you have a penis? Labour could quite happily make progress on improving the representation in Parliament (working against institutional sexism) and improve the lot of workers.. or at least it could if our most prominent talkback commentator didn’t spend all her time drawing a false choice between the two.
Banning trucks in the fast lane wasn’t a ‘progressive’ policy instead of workers’ rights, it was a quick way of making the news at Easter, and being relevant to those workers stuck in their cars listening to said news. It was never a core policy to keep going on about… except by Josie…
But the icing on the cake for me was how having written this post about how great Labour had been at the launch and recently, and how sticking to their knitting was winning – then on the Newstalk piece when the latest poll is out and looks terrible, it’s all because Labour weren’t focussing on the stuff that she just wrote they were… The cognitive dissonance is astounding.
To be fair the last 3/4 of her blog is good stuff. But Josie, if you’re going to be the ‘left balance’ on talkback – either work for Labour or get off the radio.
Fact check on Josie Pagani’s claim that 3 named Labour head office staffers are regular authors at the Standard (and are using The Standard to attack her). Because Labour is dodgy like this they won’t want these Dirty Politics attacks to continue apparently.
Looking at August’s posts so far – which is also the last 100 posts – here are who the regular authors are at the Standard – and I think you’ll find it’s much the same since Anthony Robins (Dunedin, not a staffer) left us at the end of last year.
Beyond that Rocky and Stephanie Rodgers had 2 (both not staffers), and 3 other very irregular authors had 1 post (none of which were Pagani-related).
So… no Labour staffers there. And we could do with more non-Auckland authors… We used to have some – like Clint Smith, named by Josie Pagani, but who left a long time ago when he became a staffer…
Fact check #2: on her Pundit piece – Labour did have a campaign launch in 2011, I was there at Auckland Girls Grammar, even if she wasn’t. It was great, looked good on TV, even if it was all thrown together desperately 2 weeks before the election.
On a non-Pagani note, this piece in the Herald needs reading. We need to vote this government out to save the good people of Christchurch and what’s left of their democracy…