Progressive's imploding

The Progressives going down the gurglerThe inconvenient truth of the Progressive Party is that it has essentially ceased to exist.

Whaleoil can reveal that yet another Progressives list member has been spotted as part of the Labour team flown in to assist David “Blackwater” Shearer buy Mt Albert for Phil Goff.

Spotted on 3News coverage last night (at 1:33) was Progressives number 4 list ranker Paula Gillon, emblazoned with a Labour Party rosette. That now makes 4 of the top ten on their list either turncoats, traiters or ring-ins in Mt Albert for Labour.

Now the ring-in story has some appeal given that Labour appears to have very few locals on the ground in Mt Albert and are having to rely on carpet-baggers from the candidate down to letter box stuffers. However it is telling for The Progressives that four of their top ten are essentially working for Labour, not to mention that their leader is actually a Labour spokesperson!

Paula Gillon helping LabourWe have seen John Pagani, former strategist and Anderton staffer and now strategist for David Shearer appear on TVNZ speaking for Labour. Matt Robson has been photographed holding up Labour placards and wear Labour rosettes and now Paula Gillon. We can assume that Josie Pagani has followed her husband out of the progressives and also Justin Robson, Matt Robson’s son at number 10.

For all intents and purposes The Progressives would appear to be a convenient fiction for Jim Anderton to rort the taxpayers of additional funds in order to fund his ego-trip.

I wonder if there is any provision for the Electoral Commission to conduct an audit of the party to see if they actually do have 500 members still?

If anyone else has seen the other members of the Progressives top ten campaigning for Labour then please let me know via the Tipline.

UPDATE: A Caller to the tipline informs me that Paula Gillon was taking great delight in popping the National Party balloons at St Lukes shopping centre on Sunday. The caller also reported that several children were crying as a result.