Will Labour complain about this too?

The latest Australian Women’s Weekly has a cover story about John and Bronagh Key and Phil and Mary Goff.

The stories are about the couples and their relationships and each concludes with a Q&A with the MPs.

It’s a little heavy on gush which my, admittedly rare,  readings of the AWW suggest is not unusual for this magazine, but the stories do show something of the people behind the politicians and both are treated equally.

But I bought the magazine because I saw the Keys smiling at me from the cover. It was only when I went to read it that I noticed the Goffs in the corner.

Will Labour follow up their complaint about the PM’s RadioLIVE slot with a complaint about the unequal cover coverage too?

Apropos of the complaint, Labour would have been on much stronger ground complaining that the radio programme breached electoral or broadcasting rules had Goff not asked to host a show too.


Dim Post has  something else for someone to complain about..

11 Responses to Will Labour complain about this too?

  1. Andrei says:

    This is a significant election issue?

    This country is getting ruined by an out of touch effete elite – our children’s minds are being poisoned in Government run schools and the best and brightest of them do what is best, that is a bail out to places where they can earn a decent living and have a future leaving this place to the second and third raters plus the savages who hang their children on clothes lines.

    And the opposition is whining about a radio show where the Prime Minister talked about his fricken cat.

    God defend New Zealand


  2. robertguyton says:

    Do you have a comment about the attempted jump in the House today, Ele and Key’s alleged throat-slashing taunt and accusations that it was Labour’s fault?


  3. homepaddock says:

    The attempted jump is concerning for the man invovled, the security guard who was injured restraining him and parliament.

    I’ve watched the video and can’t see any throat-slashing nor was I able to hear what was said to provoke Labour’s reaction.

    I think Kiwiblog sums it up well: http://www.kiwiblog.co.nz/2011/10/the_attempted_jumper.html

    “No one can know, except the PM, what he meant by his comments. I suspect those on the left will interpret them in the worst light, and those on the right in the most charitable.”


  4. robertguyton says:

    Well, Ele, perhaps I could ask you what you think it was that Key did or said that provoked the instantaneous cries of ‘scum-bag, scum-bag’ from the Labour MPs, particularly the women MPs?
    You must wonder what happened to cause such expressions of disgust and you must wonder why Key would do anything at all that would provoke such reactions only moments after the sad, upsetting event involving the man in the gallery.


  5. homepaddock says:

    Almost anything he says or does could provoke strong reaction from Labour.

    In this case, after reading accounts on both Stuff and the NZ Herald site I think it was the wrong time to make the right point about Labour’s misguided criticism of security.


  6. robertguyton says:

    Key’s ‘making the right point about Labours misguided criticism of security’ was what provoked the instantaneous barrage of calls of ‘scum-bag, scum-bag’ from the Labour MPs, most noticeably the women, Ele? Do you believe that?


  7. homepaddock says:

    You miss out “at the wrong time” from my quote Robert.

    I think Inventory 2 sums it up well: http://keepingstock.blogspot.com/2011/10/schools-out.html

    “We’re sure that a number of Honourable Members including the Prime Minister, the Deputy Leader of the Opposition and the Opposition’s Junior Whip will be reflecting on the incident, and their reaction to it. Things are said and done in the heat of the moment which are later regretted; “


  8. robertguyton says:

    You believe then, Ele, that the reaction from the women Labour MPs in particular, was the result of John Key’s ‘right point being made at the wrong time’? They looked genuinely appalled and disgusted, not in a ‘political’ way, but as they they had been shocked by something. Did you not feel that was the case?


  9. homepaddock says:

    It is very difficult to differentiate between in and not in a political way. They did look appalled, disgusted and shocked but I haven’t found any report which explains the strength of their reaction.


  10. robertguyton says:

    That’s odd, isn’t it – no report that explains the strength of their reaction.
    No idea then, Ele, of what might have provoked their looks of disgust and horror?
    It’s really strange, isn’t it.


  11. homepaddock says:

    Lots about parliament is strange but if there was anything tmore o report on this I am sure the MSM would have done so.


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