‘You might like to think of the role of a campaign spokesperson as being like a dog walker. For the sake of argument, let’s call the dog “Trevor”. You do your best to keep Trevor on the lead, but you are not responsible for his behaviour and you have a plastic bag at hand in case of accidents’.
- Grant Robertson MP, in J Johansson & S Levine (eds.), Kicking the Tyres: The New Zealand General Election & Electoral Referendum of 2011, VUP, Wellington, 2012, p.129.