Who’s been speaking out of school?

The Otago Daily Times has an article about the mysterious Goff free zone of Labour’s billboards:

Prime Minister John Key’s visage will be smiling at voters throughout the country now that election hoardings have started to appear in the lead-up to the November 26 election.

But if voters want to see Phil Goff’s face on a hoarding, they will probably have to visit Mt Roskill, his home electorate.

Labour has been criticised by some bloggers for ignoring Mr Goff in their hoardings.

For instance, Dunedin South MP Clare Curran has no hoardings in her electorate featuring Mr Goff. In contrast, her National counterpart, Joanne Hayes, will have several with Mr Key on them, along with the National Party logo.

National is highlighting Mr Key because he is the party’s best asset, and candidates, especially those dependent on the list to get in, will want people to tick the National Party list vote to try to get themselves into Parliament.

Being seen with Mr Key is regarded as a major campaign asset by National candidates.

Being with Mr Goff is a liability for Labour candidates.

It is obvious the more you drive around and see Labour’s assigns that they are distancing themselves from Goff, it must also be a conscious decision fromt he campaign strategy team led by Trevor Mallard. Labour’s internal polling on Goff’s negatives must be dire.

Labour MPs, already in trouble in Auckland for putting up signs before the official start (and some, like Jacinda Ardern, for breaching size regulations) are distancing themselves deliberately from Mr Goff.

The party signs will show the candidate’s photo, a silver fern and a tick to vote Labour.

The MPs believe Mr Goff will hamper their campaigning and want to put as much distance as possible between him and themselves during the campaign.

Other signs feature a call for a $15 an hour minimum wage, the removal of GST from fresh fruit and vegetables and stopping the sale of state-owned assets.

Some of the MPs believe Mr Goff will announce his resignation on election night, leading to the real election for Labour taking place on Sunday, when a new leader will need to be identified.

Now that is interesting. This is the ODT, they are unlikely to have canvassed any MPs outside of the region so which Labour MP has spoken out of school. It won;t be Hodgson, he is retiring, it won’t be David Clark he isn’t an MP, and it can’t be David Parker because he has moved to Auckland, so that only leaves Clare Curran because every other MP int eh region is from the Blue Team.

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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.  And 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 that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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