Government politicians are having to ‘rethink’ next year’s election campaign after abuse in public appears to be getting ‘more violent’.
The abuse and vitriol from a ‘small section of the public’ has got so intense that Labour is considering axing its ‘iconic’ walkabouts at next year’s election campaign.
Speaking to state subsidized legacy media channel NewsHub, Deputy Prime Minister Grant Robertson revealed he had to recently engage the Prime Minister’s security detail for a recent public event in Northland, leading him to say ‘we’re going to have to think about this election campaign in a slightly different way.’
‘It [threats to politicians] seems to have a different, more violent nature,’ said Green MP Marama Davidson.
National MP Chris Bishop told NewsHub that his party had no intention of making any changes at this stage.
“The abuse and vitriol from a small sector of the public has got so intense Labour’s considering axing its iconic public walkabouts on next years election campaign”
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