You know how much it pains me to blog this, especially when you consider the sheer animosity I feel towards a far right hate merchant like Slater, but sweet Zombie Jesus Labour don't make it easy for themselves do they?
Slater's blog critiquing Labour's slack social media standards is devastating when seen in the light of Labour's stated desires to be a 21st Century online Political Party.
The Labour leadership see blogs and social media now as hostile environments they can no longer have a one way discussion through making them a source of scorn...
“The blogs dont get to vote in the labour party, so we dont pay much consideration to it” - Andrew Little.
“Blogs,who cares about blogs” - Clayton Cosgrove
"I don't read blogs" they are "nonsense" - David Shearer.
The madness of generating a civil war with The Standard is such a self mutilation you genuinely wonder who the hell is running Labour's strategy. My guess is that it must be Steven Joyce. I'm serious. I'm sure Steven sneaks into the Labour Caucus meeting where Shearer doesn't note that he's actually a Minister of the Crown from another political Party and Steven's only advice throughout the meeting is "You guys should attack the Standard more'.
The right get how much influence the blogs have on the underfunded news rooms of NZ - Labour and the left seem utterly unable to connect the two together. If I was running Labour's strategy I would be on the phone once a week with every major left wing blogger in the country. The left are never going to get fair coverage in the mainstream media, so go and influence the one source the mainstream media are addicted to - the blogs. Why Labour don't reach out to this resource says more about Labour's lack of an actual left wing policy platform to promote than anything else does.
Meanwhile 270 000 kids are in poverty, 7.3% are unemployed and we have the highest level of inequality ever recorded.
Wake me when Labour have stopped ripping its own throat out.