Aaron Bhatnagar calls for 'the right blogosphere' to put aside John Tamihere now and to 'go after' new Labour MP Stephen Ching. Yawn!
This unfortunately is what passes for political opposition in New Zealand. 'Going after' a politician for something - often inconsequential - and trying for his scalp.
Even if 'success' is achieved - even if the scalp is won - then even if the scalp belongs to a member of cabinet, nothing changes. Whatever outrage has occurred continues. Whatever corruption is exposed continues - just more carefully: everyone knows that politicians don't follow up.
Opposition politicians 'going for scalps' and practicing populism, making fun of Labour Ministers and grandstanding in the House think they're achieving something. But the 'achievement' is illusory, and you'd think the poll ratings might tell them that - the public knows what they do not, that this kind of performance leaves the Government's programme untouched.
In my view the job of an opposition politician is to travel the country and find people who have been done over by government regulation, or had their dreams crushed by the statist steamroller, or had their lives destroyed by bureacratic duplicity. To find them, to put their story in the face of the media, to harass and pursue the people responsible.
Sadly, opposition MPs are too busy going for scalps. Rodney Hide did it once, but he doesn't know how to follow up. He's like a drunk having a one-night stand, enjoying the moment and forgetting it once it's over. In this case, he got the scalp of IRD's head, but the TrIRDs themselves were let off the hook, and the outrages exposed just continue underground.
There is no political opposition. Thank God for people like Rob Moodie.
[CORRECTION: Aaron Bhatnagar has pointed out that Stephen Ching is a candidate, not an MP.]