The Dim-Post

October 2, 2012

Tweet of the day, your thoughts? edition

Filed under: general idiocy — danylmc @ 7:52 pm

There’s been some recent speculation about a possible Labour reshuffle, with some commentators musing that their education spokeswoman Nanaia Mahuta is not an enemy worthy of Hekia Parata’s vast intellect. And tonight Mahuta tweeted:

Yeah – watch out for Rajan Prasad. It’s always the one you least suspect.


  1. My thoughts are that’s a pretty good way of displaying poor judgement, and the subsequent stories on this will just highlight how few good stories she’s generated.

    I guess you could chalk it up to pregnancy hormones but Cunliffe’s going to need a new running mate.

    Comment by Deano — October 2, 2012 @ 8:02 pm

  2. How many days is it since Labour’s last social media target-on-the-back? Another one was due.

    Unless John Key has got the GCSB hacking into Twitter accounts …

    Comment by sammy 2.0 — October 2, 2012 @ 8:16 pm

  3. I’m damn lucky I wasn’t drinking coffee, because it would have been all over me by now 🙂

    Comment by MarkS — October 2, 2012 @ 8:18 pm

  4. Nanaia who? Rajan WHO?

    Comment by torrentshill — October 2, 2012 @ 8:37 pm

  5. After just watching Shearer on The Nation I think maybe its time the leader was changed

    Comment by Ron — October 2, 2012 @ 8:43 pm

  6. Asking random strangers on Twitter how to stop your colleagues briefing against you is a novel new strategy. Generally MPs ask their colleagues for advice on these issues, but I guess she doesn’t know who she can trust!

    Comment by David Farrar — October 2, 2012 @ 8:46 pm

  7. A protected account, I see. So I’d say one of the people who can’t be trusted is following her.

    Comment by Stephen J — October 2, 2012 @ 8:49 pm

  8. Going for the wisdom of crowds option. I’m not seeing it working out. Then again, I’m not a crowd so what the fuck to I know.

    Comment by Gregor W — October 2, 2012 @ 9:32 pm

  9. Just kick Shane Jones away from the front bench. He has been useless. Also Mahuta wasn’t impressive first time she was on the front bench just after the 2008 election, so no big surprise. Still who needs an Education spokesperson when Hekia Parata can stuff things up all on her own.

    Comment by gingercrush — October 2, 2012 @ 9:38 pm

  10. Ron @ 8.43

    I actually thought the Nation interview was the best I’ve seen Shearer. Mostly on message, not that many ‘umms and arrs’ and trying to get a semblance of policy out of his head. Obviously not as slick as Are You Not Entertained but possibly looking up?

    Comment by Loonybonkersmad — October 3, 2012 @ 7:02 am

  11. For the woman-who-would-be-Cunliffe’s-number-two… that’s a comment of astonishingly poor judgement and forethought.

    Comment by Phil — October 3, 2012 @ 8:27 am

  12. So the benchmark for being the best you’ve ever been (seen?) is “mostly on message” and “not TOO many umms and arrs” and trying to get a semblance of policy out of his head. If that’s as good as it gets then anyone who thinks Shearer can lead labour back to power is loony, bonkers and quite possibly mad.

    Comment by miked999 — October 3, 2012 @ 8:34 am

  13. Please keep politicians away from social media.

    Comment by max — October 3, 2012 @ 8:58 am

  14. Do any politicians use it well? Does it actually provide any benefit? I think the answer to both those questions is no.

    Comment by nw — October 3, 2012 @ 9:23 am

  15. @14 – Well there was a comment from the guy who stood for the Greens in Wellington Central a few days ago on this blog, and he made a reasonable and sensible point. Clearly there is at least one politician who can use social media without sticking their foot in it.

    Comment by alex — October 3, 2012 @ 10:55 am

  16. Ya gotta feel or Cunliffe & Sua William Sio. When the media howl about them committing social media own goals, it’s because they have spoken out (Cunliffe on economics, Sio on gay marriage) about how flaxroots Labour party members want better policy solutions and action from the Labour caucus.

    By contrast, Mallard, Mahuta, and anyone else in Labour’s caucus with a family name starting with M it seems, use social media to tackle the tricky topical issues that affect all NZ, like how popular X is in the caucus, ‘cos (s)he bought a doughnut for Suzie, who likes Justin Bieber don’t you know… Oh, for an opposition.

    Then again, poor ol’ Nanaia, it must be pretty disconcerting realising all those time-serving lickspittles who got to their elevated position in your caucus by doing nothing but knifing down anyone in their way, now see you as the next impediment to their owngoing 6 figure paycheck. Oh, the entitlement.

    Comment by bob — October 3, 2012 @ 2:42 pm

  17. bob @16. You pretty much got it correct. Caucus control pretty much informs the general disillusion amongst LP supporters.

    Nice guys muddling through songs with an acoustic guitar just do not cut it.

    People with firmly held views can be debated. Spin doctors, focus groups, marketers merely create diversionary static.

    Debate? Can’t have that, it is democratic. What the hell would the hoi polloi know about what is important.

    Much safer to hum songs accompanied by unplugged guitar. So cool! So irrelevant.

    Comment by peterlepaysan — October 3, 2012 @ 7:29 pm

  18. I know there are some hard working labour MPs. Clare Curran comes to mind. But very few of them have a voice that penetrates. When they do get some coverage they are often quoted saying something that doesn’t even makes sense. Shearer had a quote in the past few days that had me scratching my head…..I don’t tend to remember things that don’t have any useful meaning in them.

    Comment by Steve (@nza1) — October 4, 2012 @ 12:25 pm

  19. Had the firepower there when she first became a politician, but not anymore I’m afraid.

    Comment by Dan — October 4, 2012 @ 1:08 pm

  20. “Caucus control pretty much informs the general disillusion amongst LP supporters.”
    So, why does anyone stay in the Labour party Peter? Seriously. Why deliver pamphlets, door knock, and take the abuse for being known as a Labour member, if you get no say over the direction the caucus impose on the party from above? That is the bit I can’t fathom – why do any Labour members stay?

    Can any Labour member shed any light on this? Do LP members get to debate why their party still pushes the discredited free market capitalism of Roger Douglas? Did they debate the policy of raising super to 67? Can they justify any of these directions?

    Comment by bob — October 4, 2012 @ 6:12 pm

  21. bob @ 20. Why did so many LP supporters stay at home at the last election?

    There was a distinct shortage of them at the previous one as well.

    Comment by peterlepaysan — October 4, 2012 @ 8:09 pm

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