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Typical poorly researched effort by Farrar. You forgot point number 2. Steal underpants. Which of course throws all the rest of it into numerical dissaray. A bit like Labour really.
I am enjoying the complete silence from the government which proves they understand the proverb.
When your enemy is making a mistake never interrupt them.
Labour Leader David Shearer has called his caucus to a meeting in Wellington at 4pm tomorrow.
“I will be seeking the endorsement of my colleagues for the Labour leadership.
“The endorsement I’m seeking will be in line with the decision made by Labour Party members at this weekend’s conference that I must have at least 60% support of the caucus.
“A formal endorsement vote will also still be held in February in accordance with the new rules approved by Party members.
“I’m holding this vote tomorrow to demonstrate that I have the support of my caucus and to put recent speculation to bed.
“It is important that these matters are resolved so that Labour can lift its sights to focus on the serious challenges facing the country, including jobs, education and housing affordability,” said David Shearer.
I’m sure he will Ross69. But do you think that Dotcom will “do the honourable thing” and bugger off if HE is found to be lying? Pass me a Tui…
In the meantime, I wonder how those MP’s who openly support Cunliffe are feeling this afternoon now that David Shearer has confirmed that it’s all or nothing tomorrow. D’ya reckon Sue Moroney, Moana Mackey, Charles Chauvel, Su’a William Sio, Parekura Horomia, Rino Titakatene, Raymond Huo, Liane Dalziel, Nanaia Mahuta and Rajen Prasad might have pulled their CV’s up on the computer today to update them? Openly plotting against the leader can be seriously career-limiting…
There is no “all or nothing.” Shearer will get 100% support tomorrow because the scheduled Feb test of confidence must still go ahead.
Everyone will nod and talk about sticking together and beating National with great policy. And how unity is crucial to success. And how perception of instability will destroy their chances of electoral success.
And everyone will believe it – It’s just that, secretly, they won’t all agree on who is the only leader who they should be united against.
Mr Scary – Chris Hipkins – will put the fear of God into, well no one really. But I’m sure he’ll raise his voice an octave or two and accuse the Camp Cunliffe protagonists of threatening the future of NZ. Then someone else will say something and people will start listening again.
One thing Hipkins is bound to raise is that by being perceived as still seeking the leadership, Cunliffe is undermining public confidence in Labour as a credible alternative to National. That Labour have to be seen as united behind the leader.
This thing is that argument also works the other way. Shearer is very likely to find his leadership put to the party in Feb. He is all but certain to lose that. HE could create the unity Hipkins calls for now by acknowledging his days are numbered and resigning immediately to enable the party (not just caucus) to unite behind the party’s choice – Cunliffe.
But of course he won’t. Just like Cunliffe won’t drop his ambitions. (And neither will Grant Robertson for that matter.) So this will play out in Feb and anything before that is mere lobbying and jockeying for position.
Wasn’t step 4: “Shave off moustache while leaving beard to project a strange religious fundamentalist look”?
It’s such a paradox that the people most capable of running the country could never stomach all of this horrible bullshit. I guess the list system seeks to address that, but there are still the same prats putting the list together.
What lends credibility to the list is that all of the criticism of Shearer by The Standard, Brian Edwards, Chris Trotter, Vernon Small etc has not really been answered by one speech that needed a massive bribe for it to be considered politically significant. It was sufficiently strong enough to embolden the Shearer camp to call for Tuesday’s ‘deciding’ vote but it will not quell Cunliffe’s ambition because he knows he’s got grassroots support and the rules are now on his side.
Cameron Slater posted links at Whaleoil to a 4 part BBC documentary of British Labour’s wilderness years. The rule changes that the Labour Conference voted on at the weekend bear striking resemblence to the same rules that empowed Tony Benn and the left wing trade union element to wreak havoc on UK Labour’s electoral chances. It took a mammoth effort by Kinnock then Smith to pave the way for Blair’s modernization to bring UK Labour back into ideologically presentable enough shape to be the government in 1997.
For all National’s troubles the circular firing squad at Team Labour is a godsend. I note that, even though the conventional wisdom is to stay silent when your enemies are committing political hari kari, John Key coudn’t help himself and got some good digs in: “if they cant run their own party how can they run the country”.