Labour Rotorua digs in heels

Todd McClay could be in for a long wait if he expects an apology from Labour Rotorua for the unsubstantiated slur on the Minister’s character.

Steam N Mud reports Labour Rotorua’s latest response to the furore over their comments:

“We love that you’ve covered the story, but we don’t have anything further to add to our Facebook post,” Mr Marriner said.

“As Labour Rotorua we have no comment, I have no comment and Tamati is comment free on the post. Hope that’s okay. We just don’t have more to add.”   

We read you loud and clear Mr Marriner. You throw mud then hide under the bed when it hits the fan.

Steam N Mud twice asked Labour Bay of Plenty’s prospective MP Tamati Coffey’s spokesman Hadyn Marriner for comment, which did not arrive until late yesterday.

He said Labour Rotorua would not add to its Facebook entry.

Wait, so the spokesperson has a spokesperson? Or is this a political minder to hold Tamati’s hand since he has made all these stuff ups? Or is Tamati a puppet being controlled by a puppet master and reads things handed to him as if off a teleprompter?

Mr Marriner has been around for a while and we have reported on him before. The question must then be asked, when Tamati makes an announcement who is speaking?

Normally this wouldn’t be a problem. MPs use staff all the time to make comments and use social media. But in this case following a line of such shoddy performance there are only two options; either Tamati is making the mistakes himself, or he is allowing his team to run around unchecked making mistakes for him. Once is forgivable. Twice is silly. Three times is stupid.

So is Mr Marriner the blind puppet master or is Tamati Coffey achieving these failures all by himself?


-Steam N Mud

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