From Stephen Berry, former Libz deputy leader, veteran of many, many, many elections:
It’s a thing of beauty, innit?
So, first up: clarification on Te Mana’s non-existent policy on reproductive rights which is due to be released in the undefined future.
The fact that this finally got responded to when a dude asked the question? Irony not escaping me.
The fact the answer is still surrounded by a bunch of Mana supporters whinging THERE ISN’T A POLICY, WHY DON’T YOU SHUT UP, YOU’RE HURTING THE MOVEMENT? Is just … well, depressingly reminiscent about asking Labour about policy, to be honest.
But before they got there, there was this. The awesomely waffley, refusing-to-take-sides, ever-so-slightly-whinging complaint that a moderator was expected to moderate shit and why couldn’t you all just get along. Complete with insisting that no one could be moderated until the admin themselves had gone through the threads because they just hadn’t seen the whole huge flaming “whores/lezos/demon seed” thread going down on their own page. Which .. is nicely reminiscent of every other instance of The Powers That Be in a given situation refusing to believe women’s experiences.
For bonus point, you get a bunch of people experiencing that wondrous 21st century epiphany that maybe posting abusive shit under your real name on Facebook on a public page isn’t such a good idea, and it’s so unfair for people to … accurately report a person’s statements via screenshot.
So this is still a big fail mark with me. You cannot let queries go unanswered for a whole business day, especially when those queries are being answered abusively by people claiming the mana to represent your voice and state your stance.
You cannot respond to hateful shit like that by waffling about good faith and not descending into personal abuse without clearly acknowledging that one side of the argument turned to personal abuse against the other. You just cannot play “both sides contributed” when one side said “what’s your policy” and the other said “shut up you sick lezos”. It’s just fucking gutless at the very least.
And to any Mana-Facebook-likers out there who want to whinge about people criticising Mana’s use of social media, and how dare we use this issue to raise points about their management of social media?
You want to know what looks awesome to a mainstream media already spinning a story about Te Mana being radicals, scary, extremists, unfocused, useless? Letting undecided voters get shat on on your Facebook page and not being willing to take a fucking stand on something as basic as “do not call people whores and accuse them of bad faith when they ask policy questions”.
It’s a bit shit for a political party to have a Facebook page, ostensibly to reach out to potential voters, and then leave it unmoderated so that said potential voters, when asking questions about your policy, can be called “whores” and “lezos” by your supporters, n’est-ce pas?
Your move, Mana.
PS. Please don’t just delete-and-pray, though, the screenshot finger is twitchy tonight.
PPS. Just let Sue Bradford at him and all hope will be restored.
PPPS. More thoughts at The Storyteller Project.
H/T No Right Turn, who pretty much sums it up:
It’s Monday, so that means it must be time for the regular weekly failure by Phil Goff. This week’s fuck-up? refusing to work with Hone Harawira’s Mana Party
I flatter myself to have been saying this for two and a half fucking years, though it’s not really flattering to admit one’s been bashing one’s head against a brick wall for that length of time and clearly lacks the readership or influence to have got the message through to anyone, but nevertheless:
Dear Phil (and fellow anti-Mana naysayers),
Not all of us on the left are solely motivated by giving you and your mates a pay increase and a shiny Beehive office.
Many of us probably voted either for the Greens or for parties which clearly had no chance of breaking 5% specifically to get this through to you.
Some of us were probably thinking of voting Mana just to re-iterate that message to you given your clear desire to pretend like 2008 was all a bad dream.
Ever wondered if maybe confirming that you’re a racism-pandering centre-soliciting no-hoper focussed entirely on becoming John Key Mk II might not change our minds on that one?
Ever wondered if maybe we might quite like the idea of a leftist party with a practically-guaranteed electorate seat which you just might have to put your big boy panties on and deal with in 2011?
Given your single-minded focus on being PM, I think we can be pretty sure you’ll swallow that dead rat if you have to.
So how’s about you try getting a vision, being an opposition, running a campaign based on actual values and clear, focused key messages which are more than “we’re John Key lite” or “we’re populist and shallow too”, and stop treating the left voters who either switched teams or didn’t even bother turning out last election day like we’re silly little children who don’t understand how you’re just entitled to our votes.