Chris Trotter, it appears, has also sold out his principles. He has seriously unhinged over the past few days writing post after post after post variously screaming at Labour MPs to
STFU” and calling them stupid.
Now he is out-right shilling on behalf of the Internet Mana Party, it seems he too ahs sucuumbed tot he magic millions fromÂ the Crook of Coatesville.
BRACE YOURSELVES, COMRADES, for some horrendous poll results. The next round of surveys from Colmar Brunton, Reid Research, DigiPoll, Ipsos and Roy Morgan will almost certainly register a major slump in the Centre Leftâ€™s support and a concomitant rise in Nationalâ€™s numbers â€“ quite possibly to 55 percent-plus. Labour and the Greens will both take nasty hits and the Internet-Mana Party (IMP) will be very lucky to make it above 1 percent. Apart from John Key, the only other person likely to be smiling is Winston Peters.
The polls will be bad because the framing of Kim Dotcomâ€™s latest intervention in New Zealand politics has been so near-universally and overwhelmingly negative. From the Right (and Sue Bradford) has come the steady drumbeat that Hone Harawira and the Mana Party have done a â€śdirty dealâ€ť with Kim Dotcom and, in the process, â€śsold out their principlesâ€ť for cash.
Amplifying this message, TV3â€™s political editor, Patrick Gower, has characterised the IMP strategy as â€śa rortâ€ť (a term which normally denotes morally questionable if not downright illegal manipulation) even though what the Mana and Internet parties are proposing is well within the rules of MMP and has been a feature of every election campaign since the latter came in force in 1996. Gowerâ€™s destructive message has, however, been repeated,Â ad nauseum, by an endless succession of editorial writers, talkback hosts, columnists and bloggers.
What Chris Trotter forgets is that thoseÂ editorial writers, talkback hosts, columnists and bloggers are merely repeating the same attack lines that people like Trotter himself, and Martyn Bradbury and all the other sellouts have used against National and Act over Epsom and against Peter Dunne in Ohariu.Â Read more »