Rodney Hide writes what he thinks Matt McCarten’s memo to David Cunliffe should look like.
Memo to:Â David Cunliffe, Leader of the Opposition
From:Â Matt McCarten, Chief of Staff
From now on you do nothing, say nothing, think nothing. Not until you run it past me. Better yet, just do, say and think what I tell you. That saves time and minimises risk.
What part of your political brain thought it a good idea to run donations through a secret trust?
No. Forget I even asked. I don’t want to know.
Secret trusts? Anonymous donations? Big business? US bagman? That’s how we attack Tories. Now they are attacking us. Just be thankful they suck at it. Imagine if Trevor Mallard, the duck, was doing you over.
Did you not notice passing laws stopping this carry-on? We made it so political parties can’t hide donors behind trusts. We changed Standing Orders so MPs must declare gifts and donations. You were in Cabinet. It was a Big Deal.
Oh, I know our law never contemplated a leadership primary but the spirit is clear. That’s what you broke. National can hit you with this from now until the election.
You look sleazy. You look tricky. You look like a hypocrite.Â Read more »