The Labour party disgusts me.
Not for their socialism, rather for their squeamishness and gutless-ness.
For the whole week leading up to the conference there were two possible coups in motion. David Cunliffe’s crowd were busily white-anting David Shearer and Grant Robertson was quietly mobilising the luvvies to support him. Robertson though bottled it cancelling his planned coup at the last minute on Thursday leaving some perplexed at his behaviour.
Meanwhile the conference began it became clear that the membership were angry. The unions were angry and right up until David Shearer strode into the room on Sunday many in Labour were calling for his head.
And then the whole Labour party bottled it. They began furiously tweeting up a storm about this new David Shearer, one they hadn’t seen before, one who delivered a single speech they agreed with…and now they are convinced that he is their man.
David Shearer is a good man. But for the same conference that was baying for his blood on Saturday to suddenly volte face on the basis on one speech loaded with bribes shows just how fickle and gutless their base is. They do not deserve to be in government if they can’t handle a bit of blood and guts. They don’t deserve to be in government if they flip flop on the basis of a good speech.
Basically Labour lacks the stones to lead. They can’t even have a proper coup.
Come February though we will finally see the blood and guts. The time in between though is going to be fun.