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I truly can’t understand why Matt McCarten keeps getting jobs in politics.  There hasn’t been a single party or initiative he’s been involved with that hasn’t imploded.  Yesterday Matt McCarten was outed as the person primarily responsible for Labour’s current tar pit:  the slumlord, student visa, slave labour scandal.

Glossing over all the other political parties’ corpses in his wake… he was donkey deep in Labour’s “Vote Positive/Dirty Politics” strategy which had National re-elected with a record margin and he destroyed David Cunliffe in the process.  Instead of arresting Labour’s steady slide over the last 10 years, he’s been very much part of it.

After Dirty Politics I was personally determined to ensure that Mr McCarten’s ambitions would be cut short at every turn.  I’m sad to say that we haven’t had an opportunity to do much damage.  Paths need to cross to do that, and he’s effectively been keeping his head down on a stipend that stopped the whole thing from being framed as “Fired as Campaign Manager for the Labour party”.

It has slowly dawned on me we don’t really have to do a single thing.  The man is self-destructing without any external help.  His CV is totally toxic.  And anyone that hires him will most likely be involved in the kinds of politics we would not like to see succeed.

So steady as we go then.  Mr McCarten should be allowed to continue his excellent work.  He’s actually an asset to those in politics that don’t want to see the left make any meaningful progress.  And for those who think he’s still the go-to guy, to break the political right’s spine and dance on its grave, we must allow them their fatal attraction to the Political Terminator.


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