The owners of a Waihi Beach home attacked by Labour MP Sue Moroney for flying Kyle Lockwood’s Silver Fern flag outside their “flash beach house” say they are shocked by her remarks.
The Hamilton-based MP has apologised for her remarks after being disciplined by Labour leader Andrew Little, who called the comments “ill-judged and inappropriate”.
Moroney said her remarks were not hypocritical, despite the fact she also owns a Coromandel holiday home.
She also claimed her remarks were misinterpreted “in several different ways” – although she will not explain what she originally meant.
I have this theory that MMP and the list process hasn’t been that great for the left. The way a lot of our MPs get elected is very indirect. The party campaigns externally to get the public to give them party votes, and the MPs (mostly) get into Parliament by campaigning internally to get high positions on the list. Obviously I can’t be sure, but I suspect that if Sue Moroney was directly accountable to the voters she probably wouldn’t wander around taking photos of random stranger’s homes and shaming them on social media. Also, she’d probably grasp that social media comms should be part of a strategy, and that the number of persuadable voters reading tweets/facebook posts/whatever is zero while the number of National Party staffers monitoring the social media feeds of left-wing MPs looking for content to attack the party with is higher than zero.