Moroney baloney

Labour MP Sue Moroney managed to capture most of the post-flag atention yesterday with an ill-advised tweet and a lame apology after a rebuke from her leader Andrew Little.

Her tweet:

There really really doesn’t look much in that, snarky for sure, but not just an off the cuff remark as it included a photo which wasn’t a good idea. There was a critical response on Twitter.

And also from Little:

Little not impressed with flag tweet

“I thought it was ill-judged and inappropriate, and I’ve told her that,” Mr Little said.

“It was brought to my attention this morning. I just didn’t think it was a good look, and I’ve told her that.”

Moroney tweeted an apology:

Apology for any offence caused by my tweet yesterday – none intended. I regret it & can see how it could be misinterpreted. Of course everyone has the right to have a view on the flag.

Not surprisingly that was hammered as a Clayton’s apology – an attempted apology that isn’t an apology.

Moroney had dug herself into a bigger hole trying to explain, and then refusing to explain:

Moroney said her comments had been misinterpreted “in several different ways”.

“I just apologise for it and move on, because I’ve come to Parliament to debate issues of real relevance and so it’s a side issue, I don’t want it to overshadow all of the important issues that we’ve got in front of us.”

However, Moroney would not explain how exactly her comments had been misinterpreted, or the original intent of her tweet.

“Oh look, no, I’ve apologised for it, I regret it, and I’ve got no further comment apart from that.”

She did not plan to delete the tweet, but would be happy to do so if people asked.

“I’m one of those people who believes that you own your tweets, I’ve owned it, I’ve apologised for it, and if people do want me to delete it, I’m happy to do that, but it’s Twitter – that’s what it is.”

That’s from ‘Flash beach house’ owners targeted by Labour MP’s flag attack speak out, in which the beach house owners had a say:

A family member of the beach house’s owners, who did not want to be named, said Moroney’s comments had upset them.

“We are shocked by her comments vilifying us for owning a beach house and….suggesting that because we are apparently ‘rich’, this does not give us the right to have an opinion on our national flag.

“Her judgements came across badly and we did not appreciate having photos of our property published online simply, because we had a different opinion on the flag choice.”

The woman had contacted Little to share her concerns, and her family had since received a personal apology from Moroney, who deleted the post as requested.

But that horse has well and truly bolted, the original tweet has been replicated all over media and social media.

Also spread around social media:

Ms Moroney jointly owns four properties. According to the Register of Pecuniary and Other Specified Interests of Members of Parliament: Summary of annual returns as at 31 January 2015 she owns:

Family home (jointly owned), Waikato
Rental property (jointly owned), Waikato
Apartment (jointly owned), Wellington
Holiday home (jointly owned), Coromandel

So she has interests in several properties, including her own holiday home, and obviously thinks she is qualified to single out and criticise a property owner.

This was on the first day back in Parliament after the flag referendum, where Labour could have  been expected to try to score some points on the ‘no change’ result.

Little tried to capitalise in Question Time but I didn’t see that reported at all. The Moroney baloney dominated the flag discussion for the day – see Andrew Little on referendum spending