Nanaia falling into the Bill English Trap

This is the kind of bullshit that causes unbelievably bad election results.

Asked about her future in politics, Ms Mahuta said she did intend to stand again in 2014. She was more dismissive about the possibility John Tamihere could run for Parliament again, saying Labour had decided during its recent organisational review that it should focus on attracting more young people and women to ensure it was in a strong place through to 2026.

No Nanaia, the Labour Party needs to be thinking about now, not 2026. It needs good people who can sell policies that middle New Zealand want, not some visionary program looking into the middle distance to discover what Labour will be like in a decade and a half.

Bill English tried this when he led National. He went on and on about the browning of New Zealand and how National needed to prepare for a white minority in 2040 or something equally stupid. Under his leadership he forgot about preparing for the 2002, concentrating on some nebulous point in the future rather than facing up to Helen Clark. His legacy was 27 MPs and a seven figure debt for his party.

This kind of dumb statement, combined with Nanaia’s total lack of impact on the education portfolio means she should be pensioned off as quickly as possible. An extended maternity leave if you will.

  • botti

    ***This kind of dumb statement, combined with Nanaia’s total lack of impact on the education portfolio means she should be pensioned off as quickly as possible.***

    It will be fascinating to see whether Shearer is able to do this given she’s not going quietly. The grassroots who supported her and Cunliffe will presumably push hard against it.

    ***He went on and on about the browning of New Zealand and how National needed to prepare for a white minority in 2040 ***

    If that’s true: more token appointments, more identity politics, more affirmative action, more child poverty, a longer tail of educational problems, more stratified society with high achieving asian students at one end and other minorities at the other. Interesting times!

  • Apolonia

    She was responsible for introducing the micro-chipping of dogs.
    Which has been useless at reducing violent dog attacks.

    • jay cee

      was never meant to stop dog attacks,how could it? only to help identify owners just like the registration number on a car.

  • kthxbai

    By 2014, when she retires, she should be a respected senior Iwi member capable of making an excellent living serving the iwi (an option available only to senior and important Iwi members, not the great unwashed). She should be nicely set up into the forseeable future.

    Perhaps she’s more effective than her shadow ministerial performance would suggest.

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