The same day as we learn that Labour won’t be allowing press gallery journos free access to their wing of Parliament as previously (apparently a desperate attempt at message control by keeping off message MPs and journos apart: someone better tell Fran Mold what a cellphone is), Labour’s bizarre cult of David Farrar has performed its first human sacrifice.
If you want to read Raymond Huo’s piece, it’s here. But I wouldn’t bother. Just think the whining passive-aggressiveness and poor execution of Clare Curran’s haiku combined with long-windedness and an abysmally poor understanding of even the basics of politics.
Basically, Huo spends about a thousand words pleading with Farrar to be nice to him an recognise all the important work he does so that the voters will recognise the good he does. As if Farrar is both a fair arbitrator and an opinion leader. Wake the fuck up, Raymond. Farrar’s a political player.
Here are a couple of the comments:
Jesus wept. The way some of the authors on this site go on about David Farrar, you’d think he was the PM, and not just some blogger.
The post title is accurate at least: it sure is a belated Christmas gift for David Farrar.
What is it with Labour MPs promoting and, now, kowtowing to, David Farrar? Have some pride for your party’s sake!
You’re MPs representing over half a million New Zealanders. Farrar’s a fat little loser who makes his money on the public teat. Get some damn perspective and write some useful posts.
And no more self-pitying haiku. God damn. No-one’s going to elect a bunch of whiners and self-effacers to government.mickysavage says:
I’m with Deano.
It’s worse than cringe-making. It’s unworthy of a representative of the New Zealanders who vote Labour. It is simply the exact opposite of the action and mindset that Labour needs to display if New Zealanders are going to trust them to lead the government in 3 years. The same, unfortunately, can be said for far too much of what we see on Red Alert.
(Clare: next time you write a haiku passively-aggressively whining to one of the very gallery journos that Labour desperately needs to win over if it’s to start winning the media battle with National – a) get the rhyming structure right and b) bin the fucken thing)
I see Grant Robertson and Nanaia Mahuta are writing stuff, trying to lift the quality. But the problem isn’t too few good posts, it’s the bad posts.
See, Red Alert’s a bit like Backbenches. It’s readership will always be too small and too politically active for the good stuff to be seen and impress any swing voters (which is why good blogs attempt to influence discourse), but any bad stuff will be picked up by the Right and, worse, the media and waved around as proof of what a bunch of useless c*nts Labour are.
Until Labour gets a plan for Red Alert and the will to stick to it, they’ve got to shut that shit down.