When you’re the Prime Minister you attend a whole lot of events and do things which get you publicity.
That’s part of the job and it’s about the position.
It’s also about the person – one PM would be more likely to be invited to the opera, another would be more likely to be invited to car races.
It might sometimes be about the party. A Labour PM might be more likely to get an invitation to some events and a National one to others.
But most invitations are to the Prime Minister as Prime Minister, regardless of who it is and which party s/he leads.
Major events like the Rugby World Cup generate a lot of publicity and the Prime Minister gets some of it by virtue of being there.
It’s not much fun watching it when you’re in opposition. Yesterday Labour bloggers got upset about it and Labour MP Stuart Nash tweeted:
People will get their fill of politicians over the next 5 weeks. Make today ‘politics free’ and a celebration of rugby.
Fair enough you might say until you look at Keeping Stock’s photo . It shows Phil Goff in non-political black but the women he’s with are wearing Labour party t-shirts.
It’s another, albeit very minor, reminder that Labour has difficulty singing from the same song sheet.