Online posts can backfire for politicians

Opposition has taken advantage of John Key's three-way handshake.
Photo / Supplied
Opposition has taken advantage of John Key's three-way handshake. Photo / Supplied

Politicans may try to use social media to raise their public profile - but they can't control what's being said about them in cyberspace.

After Richie McCaw was photographed kissing Greens leader Metiria Turei on the cheek, an animated version went viral showing John Key trying for the three-way. Green candidate Gareth Hughes joined in on the ribbing of Key. "Off to see All Black parade at Parliament. Might try a 3-way handshake."

Aucklander Ryan Allan dragged in Labour leader Phil Goff on Twitter: "If you think John Key's RWC handshake was embarrassing, (which it was) just imagine 3 years with Phil Goff as PM!"

Goff spent a few hours on Wednesday night answering questions directed to him through Twitter. Quizzed about whether he had smoked dope, he said: "I've always had a dislike of smoking anything, but then, I was a student in the 70s".

On Facebook, Labour's Auckland Central candidate Jacinda Ardern revealed some questions she has been asked.

"Some questions you're just never prepared for, like 'are you Key's sister'?"

On National MP Simon Bridges' wall, Tauranga's Peter Dalby warned National would not survive the election because of its handling of the Rena disaster but his post was deleted.

- Herald on Sunday

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