Rob Hosking writes at NBR about Labour’s tendency to see conspiracy everywhere and victimise civil servants and governments who don’t present things their way. He summarises:
The problem of Labour habitually doing this sort of thing has a number of aspects.
One is, of course, the principled one that New Zealand does have, by and large, a reasonably neutral public service and tarnishing that is highly damaging to the body politic.
It is also very counter-productive for Labour. It sends several messages, none of them good ones.
One is it allows National and its sympathisers to reiterate the claim that “Labour is the Nasty Party”.
Second, it sends a the kind of message the US Republicans have been sending over recent years: that the party has retreated into its own world and that anything which happens which does not fit their own world view must be motivated by malign forces.
Strobing the message “we’re a bunch of embittered and angry losers” is not a great way to get people to vote for you.
Just ask the US Republican Party.
Readers of this blog already know that Labour is the Nasty party.