Faafoi Goes Global
**UPDATE** IT TURNS OUT THAT NAPOLEON ATTEMPTED TO INVADE RUSSIA IN THE AUTUMN, NOT THE WINTER, AND IT WAS NOT THE WEATHER THAT FOILED HIM. SO MY HISTORICAL ANALOGY SUCKS. THIS APPEARS TO HAVE UPSET SOME PEOPLE — OKAY, ONE PERSON — BUT I CAN ONLY OFFER MY SINCEREST APOLOGY. I WAS SO POLITICALLY CORRECT BACK IN UNI THAT I AVOIDED EUROPEAN HISTORY AS A MATTER OF PRINCIPLE — TO MY ENDLESS REGRET.
Embattled Mana nominee Kris Faafoi has taken to Radio Australia to press his case. Radio Australia.
Is this poor guy getting the worst political advice since someone told Napoleon to invade Russia in winter?
[What I should have said was: Is this poor guy getting the worst political advice since Abe Lincoln’s arts adviser suggested he reach out more to the live theater community?]
First, they are in such a rush to shunt him into Mana, his backers have appointed his replacement in the Labour leader’s office before he has even won the nomination. Next, they send him to a the candidate’s Q&A forum ill-prepared and underwhelming. Now the global PR strategy: “Here’s an idea, Kris: the locals in Mana think you’re a fly-by-nighter and a carpetbagger — do as many interviews with foreign broadcasters as you can!”
I have given a lot of poorly conceived advice to politicians over the years, but — by and large — I was intoxicated at the time. What is their excuse?