Dragged down by email

Mallard’s email stuff up made the Herald today.

Trevor Mallard - Political crippleLabour’s Trevor Mallard has been left with a slightly red face after a blogger obtained an email Mr Mallard sent to party campaigners on how to sell the party’s new tax policy.

In the email posted on Cam Slater’s Whaleoil blog, Mr Mallard said the key thing was not to get “dragged down into the detail on the [capital gains tax]. The public don’t care and we get boring.”

It was used as ammunition by National yesterday, with associate finance minister Steven Joyce issuing a statement claiming Labour’s new policy would add $18.5 billion to debt.

Mr Joyce added it was no wonder Mr Mallard was urging his colleagues not to start explaining the detail: “The fact is they don’t stand up to any scrutiny.”

Mallard’s ill advised email also spiked their defense for their appalling poll results.  Trevor Mallard firstly tried to say that the poll came out before any details about their tax grab were released which of course is a lie, because Labour had been busy leaking details since July 5. Then he tells the loyal followers not to get into detail about the tax plans because the voters don’t care and they look boring. Can’t have it both ways Mallard.

Mallard should be careful to tell the truth when he speaks to the media. He said:

He would not say who it was sent to originally but said Members of Parliament were sent a different version.

Unfortunately for Trevor, there is more than “one” Labour MP that can’t see why his asymmetrical war that he can never win should cost them their seat.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

To read Cam’s previous articles click on his name in blue.

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