Looks like someone in Labour North has been careless and left stuff accessible on line that they shouldn’t. The Herald describes the “Labour Party’s information breach”. That’s a serious cockup, especially the personal membership details, and it needs to be fixed yesterday.
So now the “political story of the week” will move on from hounding Darren Hughes to some kind of “Climategate” like attempt to fabricate a scandal out of a bunch of emails. Who knows what kind of stuff they’ll find in there, but I have to say that The Herald’s exhibit A is pretty desperate:
The minutes also listed the presence of Australian Labor Party activist Sandy Rippingale. She was a senior figure of 30 years with the party.
Slater said the visit by Rippingale to the “Labour North” meeting showed the party was subject to foreign influence.
So get this folks. Attack bloggers for the Nats, a party which runs as a franchise of an Australian company (Crosby Textor), reckon that the presence of a mate from Australia at a regional Labour Party meeting shows that Labour is “subject to foreign influence”.
You can’t make this stuff up…
PS – I have a hot tip for any intrepid reporter wanting to follow this up. Did you know that Labour regularly has visitors from Oz address their whole annual Conference! Horrors!