What a kerfuffle over nothing. So the National Party has hired (or not) a crowd of Australian spin doctors called Crosby Textor to write their lines for them (or not). And the importance of this is .... no, it completely escapes me. Every party lies -- does it matter who writes their lines?
"The SIS were bugging me!" Tariana Turia came up with that gem all on her own -- with a bit of help from congenital liars Gordon Campbell and Hicky Hager -- and the "holocaust" in Taranaki she invented was also all her own work. No need for expensive spin doctors for the Maori Party; the in-house skills seem fine.
"Cash for policies!" "American bagmen!" "The pledge card is not electioneering!" "Fact is, the Labour Party doesn't have enough money to hire it's liars -- -- unless of course you count Heather Simpson, who is paid by the taxpayer -- and their own in-house liars are clearly good enough at producing their own lies and misdirection to keep the media busy. Just look what a frenzy in a fruit bowl they've created over two Aussie spin doctors.
"We're all going to die!" "Save the snails!" "We support free speech!" Frankly, if it's pathetic self-serving lies you object to, then the dangerous lies and anti-industrial nonsense peddled by the Greens must surely take the biscuit. Do their lies, or Hager's own lies, outstrip the lies supposedly paid for by the Tories?
Every party lies. Every party spins. Some of them just have to hire others to write those lines for them. The story is not who writes the lies -- it should be the lies themselves.
UPDATE: And frankly, as arch-Machieavellians, the Australian spin twins Crosby Textor look about as useful as, well, Murray '0 from 3' McCully. As Colin Espiner observes,
for all its fearsome reputation, Crosby Textor’s results are mixed at best. It has advised National in its last four campaigns. National has lost three in a row. It advised John Howard last year. Howard lost. It advised Michael Howard in Britain. Howard lost. Its sole recent success was Boris Johnson in the London mayorlty, and Red Ken was history after introducing the congestion charge.