Yes you are

Trevor Mallard reckons he isn’t a scalper:

Labour MP Trevor Mallard is denying he is a scalper or a hypocrite, despite a trading record showing he has sold plenty of tickets online.

The Dominion Post revealed yesterday that the Hutt South MP made a $276 profit by selling four tickets to Saturday’s sold-out Homegrown music festival in Wellington.

Although there was nothing illegal about the sale, Mr Mallard came under fire in part because it was he who initiated anti-scalping legislation in 2007 to cover events such as the Rugby World Cup.

He said at the time that “scalping is a ripoff”. His Trade Me account shows he has been a member of the online auction site since 2005, and has sold plenty of tickets in the past.

Yes Trevor you are a scalper…and a hypocrite…why can’t you just say sorry…and shut up.

Labour’s leadership surely has told Trevor Mallard to say sorry, shut up, and stop talking to the media. The fact that he hasn’t done so just shows that he is unfit to remain in parliament. He thinks this is all about him.

If this was an ACT MP or even a National MP with a record of opposing Mallard’s legislation or a belief in the free market setting prices based upon supply and demand then there wouldn’t be a problem.

But this case is nothing like that. Trevor Mallard believes and indeed passed a law that scalping was wrong…in some instances…his public statements at the time prove this. It is the hypocrisy of the situation…plus the so far unstated assumption that the Labour party is the defender of the arts. To have one of their own ripping off kids and breaching Ticketek rules just spits in the face of that legacy.

To hijack the headlines when Labour had National on the ropes over the Crafar farms and the inept handling of NZ on Air by Craig Foss is actually politically unforgivable.

Trevor Mallard however is intent on continuing this little battle. Far be it from me to stop him. I’m enjoying this.

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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.

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