National Party MPs’ blogs have been labelled boring.
As an active member even I will admit there is some truth in that accusation but there is a very good reason for that. Exciting posts usually generate publicity of the wrong kind.
There is no better example of that than the SMOG (Social Media Own Goal) over at Red Alert which Keeping Stock details:
We’ve blogged a bit about SMOG’s lately; Social Media Own Goals. Well, Clare Curran has scored an absolute beauty today. Over at Red Alert, and under the heading The importance of being Labour, she blogged:
Have had a gutsful of the white-anting of Labour from both the right and the left of politics.
White-anting is an Australian expression. It means undermining . .
Now Clare, as she proudly points out is a “public relations professional”. So what was she thinking when she followed he first post up with one entitled The importance of being Labour #2? There she blogged:
And on another note, re white-anting; the attempts by the Greens to encroach on Labour territory . . .
Comments in response from the left aren’t impressed with this born-to-rule attitude and include:
- Greens white-anting Labour?
Surely you mean, contesting the same constituency rather than ‘encroaching’, right?
You seriously think you have the unquestioning allegiance of my vote as a worker?
I don’t think you need to look to far to see why mobilising labour in NZ is facing a few hurdles with this kind of thinking.
Discussion also raged on Twitter, prompting Dim Post to post on why the left should vote strategically.
And Imperator Fish asks if Red Alert is damaging Labour.
The answer to that is yes.
There are only so many column inches in papers or minutes of air time available for politics and the last thing any party needs is to have them covering this sort of spat.
It would be better to be accused of being boring than producing SMOG that pollutes the clear air needed to run a positive campaign.