The Reverse Ferret

Labour has done a ‘reverse ferret’ on their new found love for a capital gains tax.

Reverse ferret is a phrase used predominantly within the British media to describe a sudden volte-face in an organisation’s editorial line on a certain issue. Generally, this will involve no acknowledgement of the previous position.

The term originates from Kelvin MacKenzie‘s time at the The Sun. His preferred description of the role of journalists when it came to public figures was to “stick a ferret up their trousers”. This meant making their lives uncomfortable, and was based on the northern sport of ferret legging (where contestants compete to show who can endure a live ferret within their sealed trousers the longest). However, when it became clear that the tide of public opinion had turned against the paper’s line, MacKenzie would burst from his office shouting “Reverse Ferret!”

Labour are doing exactly that. They are reverse ferreting their support for a capital gains tax.

Phil Goff has numerous examples of his previous disdain for a capital gains tax and tomorrow he will tell us ll at 2pm that he has loved the concept for all of his 27 long years in parliament but has only now had the courage to propose it.

They have added the “Reverse Ferret” to their Gnomes Underpants Stealing campaign plan.

1. Reverse Ferret on capital gains tax

2. ????

3. Win Votes

Yep they are right on track to form a coalition government with The Greens.


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  • jamesstephenson

    Well you’d need to steal some extra underpants if you’re going to stick ferrets down your trousers…perhaps there’s a strategy in there after all…

  • gazzaw

    The way Liabore is polling it is more likely to be a Greens/Liabore coalition. How would Silent T cope with being Wussel’s coalition partner?

  • thor42

    Labour have about as much backbone as a jellyfish.
    Honestly – the kind of people who would vote for them shouldn’t be allowed to vote in the first place.