This story is in the Dom-Post today:
Labour candidate Anna Lorck has apologised profusely for parking her branded vehicle in a mobility car park in Hastings.
Lorck’s SUV was seen parked in the designated car park outside the Ellwood Function Centre, where she was attending a meeting of farmers.
Lorck is the Labour candidate for Tukituki, which takes in Hastings, Havelock North and Flaxmere.
She was “genuinely very sorry” and had “absolutely no intention to park there”.
“I had no idea. It was dark and I didn’t notice the signage. I was late and I arrived just before it started. The car park was full and I saw the car park and just parked,” she said.
If someone had let her know she was in a mobility park, she would have moved.
“If I had noticed someone else parked there I’d have let them know.”
Her actions came to light this week, after The Dominion Post was shown a photograph of the incident, which happened on June 19.
I think that a candidate parking in a disabled car-park speaks to character and its okay for journalists to write a story about it. But I’m interested in that last sentence. The incident happened three months ago and now in the last eight days of the election campaign someone has shown the Dom-Post a picture of it. Who? We don’t know, and given what this campaign has been about that seems like – potentially – a way bigger deal than the original story.
Because it seems really, really, really likely that this story came from the National Party, doesn’t it? If so, why has the Dom-Post decided to grant their source anonymity? Why do political parties get to be anonymous when they’re smearing their political opponents? I mean, given that we’ve just had this HUGE scandal about political parties hiding behind source anonymity to manipulate the media and smear their enemies, it would be nice to see, like, a faint flicker of soul-searching from the media instead of more anonymously sourced smears.