If explaining is losing then Trevor Mallard has well and truly lost the debate over his scalping tickets to a music festival.
Mr Mallard says he did not buy the tickets for the purpose of making a profit and saw nothing wrong with selling them when he discovered he could not use them.
He also says the anti-scalping law applies only to large international events like the Rugby World Cup, not music festivals like Homegrown.
I didn’t mean to, it just happened and this is different are up – or more accurately down – there with it’s not my fault, someone else made me do it and the dog ate my homework when it comes to attempts to excuse or justify misbehaviour.
It certainly looks like hypocrisy when, as a Minister, he sponsored legislation outlawing scalping.
It’s yet another SMOG (social media own goal) and also looks like stupidity when a man who wants to help run the country can’t operate a TradeMe account.
It’s yet another opportunity for the government to have fun at his expense:
Someone who cares about the Labour Party should quietly disconnect his computer.