Labour clampdown on social media

Labour’s party secretary Andrew Kirton has accidentally sent a text to media asking candidates to clean up their social media presence.

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The Party’s general secretary Andrew Kirton issued the directive in a text he also accidentally sent to reporters today.

… Kirton said there is nothing unusual about sending such a text – but he will make an effort to direct messages to the right contacts in future.

“The advice to our candidates is normal practice and part of running a disciplined campaign that focuses on issues New Zealanders care about,” Kirton said.

The advice to candidates doesn’t surprise me, although the accidental mis-sending could be a bit embarrassing if it was accidental.

What does surprise me though is the method and timing. I think that advice like this should be a prominent part of the application to stand process. Most if not all Labour candidates are already selected and some at least pushing for social media and traditonal media coverage and profile

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10 Comments

  1. NOEL

     /  March 3, 2017

    Makes sense given media today are so lazy that they don’t fact check anything. Corrections story elevated to ‘Torture” a good example.

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  March 3, 2017

      One story-it’s impossible to generalise and be accurate. SOME people don’t fact check, it doesn’t mean that they all do, any more than the fact that SOME people drive drunk means that they all do.

  2. Kitty Catkin

     /  March 3, 2017

    Trump is a perfect example of how someone can look ridiculous and undignified on ‘social media’. It is far better to use a little restraint :-/

    • patupaiarehe

       /  March 3, 2017

      Sure is Kitty. Heaven forbid that a potential MP be seen on social media, enjoying a few cold ones with friends. The voters might think that they are normal people, who like to ‘unwind’ occasionally, with good company…
      Once again, it’s an own goal for Labour, & ‘par for the course’…

      • PDB

         /  March 3, 2017

        Pictures of candidates sipping chardonnay in Remuera with other left-wing lovelies and talking of the awful plight of those poor unfortunate souls within our society is ok though……..

        • patupaiarehe

           /  March 3, 2017

          It’s better than OK Pants, because it reveals hypocrisy. And the voters are therefore better informed….

          • PDB

             /  March 3, 2017

            What about these fellas….

            • patupaiarehe

               /  March 3, 2017

              LOL, thanks for giving me a laugh Pants. What is really ironic, is that only the gay guy seems to be enjoying a beer 😀

    • Corky

       /  March 4, 2017

      He became the President thanks to…..social media.

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  March 4, 2017

        I think that that’s an exaggeration-I hope so !