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Trevor Mallard strangely thinks that I don’t want Labour MP’s blogging, tweeting or Facebooking. He is wrong I would love it if they would continue. The SMOGs they deliver up will only get worse.

He equates my opinion that MPs shouldn’t blog, tweet or Facebook, unless they are extremely disciplined, as wanting to shut them down. Again he is wrong. Long may they continue. However there are precious few MPs that qualify under my guidelines for the rights to do all three. MPs and especially Mallard just don’t have the discipline nor the understanding of what blogging is actually about.

Danyl McLauchlan sums it all up beautifully with a comment on the same post:

Of course Labour MPs have the right to say whatever y’all want. But some Labour MPs – and you most of all – need to stop and have a really good think about whether it’s smart for Labour MPs to exercise that right by just blurting out whatever nonsense comes into their head whenever they feel like it, without considering the consequences (Carter comparing Key to Mussolini, Curran regularly attacking the media, the Bryce Edwards conspiracy theory, Fenton attacking the Mad Butcher, several MPs speculating on the party leadership DURING THE ELECTION CAMPAIGN . . .)

Modern political parties don’t work like this! They just don’t! One of the reasons your party is unpopular is because you have no message discipline. And Red Alert is a big part of that problem. There’s no strategy, no process and no oversight – you guys just jump on the blog, say whatever you want and routinely embarrass yourselves and the party.

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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.

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