Smiling And Not Waving
Taking shots at Phil Goff ’s Labour Party at this point is a bit like shooting fish in a barrel, so we’ll pass it by and talk about…. oh, what the hell. Pass the six-shooter.
It has been a constant lament over the past year by Labour’s spokesperson for working out ways to manipulate the media, Clare Curran, that the country’s journalists are not focusing on the real issues facing NZers. The lament can be boiled down to “just because Labour keeps doing stupid things doesn’t mean the media have to report it.”
While to some extent she has a point, this is a bit like someone embarking on a career in professional fishing objecting to the wetness of the ocean. A good rule of thumb in life is you can’t change someone else’s behaviour but you can change your own.
In this case, ensuring Labour MPs don’t do stupid things in the first place might be a more effective course of action than moaning about how the media doesn’t quite see things the same way you do. Labour did try this week, with its first post-Darren Hughes caucus meeting.
Labour’s MPs emerged from the caucus room after a few hours with the biggest collection of cheesy insincere grins you are likely to see outside a joint convention of television evangelists and used car salesmen. The smiles were there but the eyes just strobed unease. It capped off a fortnight of political misjudgements: general incompetence; disunity; and now insulting voters’ intelligence.
If the caucus is unified behind Phil Goff and genuinely thinks he did a good job the past fortnight, Uruguay will win this year’s Rugby World Cup.
Hey - television evangelists and used car salesmen!