Today the Greens have pulled their ads that were on web sites like Whaleoil.
The Green Party has pulled “Gone Off Phil Goff?” ads – and apologised to the Labour leader.
The online notices were placed this week but were not authorised by the party, which was alerted to them via social media.
Although the Greens would like to attract disillusioned Labour voters, co-leader Metiria Turei said earlier this month that it would support a Labour-led government following the November 26 election.
Green Party co-leader Russel Norman said the ads were placed as an “experiment” by a member of the party’s campaign team. He apologised to Mr Goff.
The ads were up for “a day or so”, he said.
“It was a very small-scale experiment by a member of our campaign team that actually wasn’t authorised.
“We’ve pulled them. It’s not the right kind of tone and approach … it isn’t really our kind of style.
“I think that kind of personal attack was not the kind of thing we want to do.”
Will Russel now stop the Greens for their mindless attacks on the people who are opposing them on the electoral reform referendum? Metira has been very outspoken, playing the man not the ball even though they didn’t know who the man was. Rod Donald was probably turning in his grave.
We are having a referendum to debate ideas. We are having a referendum to discuss the merits of 5 different democratic systems. If any country uses any of these systems we call them a democracy. If we listened to the ranting of Metira and Russel anyone would think that MMP was the only democratic electoral system in the world. If that was true then why do only two countries use it?
We need a debate on the issues not state funded political parties using their parliamentary services funding to shut down discourse.