Grant Robertson has decided to hold a pity party over the amount of abuse Labour politicians are copping when they dare to saunter arrogantly outside of the Wellington Beltway. He has complained that some protestors called him mean things and one had a lamington that may or may not possibly have been used as a projectile. He’s upset about it but forgets when the left did similar things. Apparently, it’s ok when the left does it.
The deputy Prime Minister has revealed he needed to engage security detail usually only reserved for the Prime Minister to attend a public meeting recently.
The abuse and vitriol from a small sector of the public’s got so intense Labour’s considering axing its iconic public walkabouts on next year’s election campaign.
Back in 2020, there was peak Jacindamania. A hyped-up electorate could not get enough, with Jacinda Ardern swamped by crowds during walkabouts.
But next year will not be the same.
“We are going to have to think about this election campaign in a slightly different way,” Grant Robertson said on Tuesday.
That’s because, peaking at the parliamentary protest, politicians are increasingly the target of abuse and threats.
“It seems to have a different, more violent nature,” Greens co-leader Marama Davidson said.
Recently, the deputy Prime Minister took the unusual step of taking the Prime Minister’s security detail – the DPS – with him to an event in Northland where protestors prepared with lamingtons disrupted Robertson’s meetings. They followed him to a hotel and even blockaded the airport.
Newshub understands Robertson needed to be driven onto the tarmac and board directly from there.
“They were screaming and yelling at me that I was a paedophile and various other revolting things,” said Robertson. “Those experiences are not great and DPS were there to protect me but they can’t possibly be there to protect all politicians.”
Poor Robbo, he hasn’t managed to work out that when you pit mate against mate, family against family and destroy people’s jobs, careers, livelihoods, businesses and relationships through draconian mandates that created a two-tier society, that just maybe some people feel a bit aggrieved about that.