Campaigning 101: a) stay on message. b) don’t take attention from the leader.
You could excuse Labour MPs for ignoring the first rule when the party hasn’t got much of a message to stay on. But flouting the second is either an act of deliberate sabotage or plain stupidity.
Which is it with Labour’s campaign manager who was silly enough to challenge Cameron Slater and backed-off when he didn’t like the counter-challenge.
Then in another desperate attempt to gain attention he does a tabloid blog post. (I’m not going to link to it, but here’s Keeping Stock’s reaction.
Did Mallard fall on his head when he fell off his bike?
That might provide an explanation for what is bizarre behaviour for a senior MP but it’s no excuse for taking attention away from his leader who whichever poll you look at – NZ Herald, TV3, TVNZ, – needs all all the help he can get.
If he can’t depend on getting it from the party campaign manager who else is going to give it to him?
UPDATE: – Cameron has accepted the bike challenge without requiring acceptance of his counter-challenge.
What’s going to get more interest in the next couple of months – Labour’s leader or its campaign manager preparing for the challenge?