John Tamihere has passed the first step for his rehabilitation as a Labour MP, he has managed to get the po-faced party mandarins to allow his membership. He has celebrated by bursting forth with refreshing honesty from a Labour politician.
“People have got to get over themselves. There are some really fragile, brittle people in the Labour Party. When you give them a bit of a rev-up they get broken and bitter and twisted and hold it ’til the day they die.”
Totally agree with JT on that. Look at Trevor Mallard, he is certainly brittle…he can barely walk, but there he was jumping up all outraged because Paula Bennett called Jacinda Ardern “sweetie”. And speaking of Paula Bennett:
Tamihere laughs a big belly laugh. “Not for that bloody fat girl up here, I’m going to tell you that right now.”
You won’t see Paula getting all upset by that…she knows she is chunky…she also knows that she is probably a better pig hunter than JT.
It is the last two quotes that I particularly enjoy:
“Look, I don’t have to get on with these people. I’m joining the Labour Party. I’m not joining the ‘Women’s Party’, I’m not joining the ‘Union Party’, I’m not joining the ‘Gay Party’, I’m joining the Labour Party.
“They’re going to have to get on with some people like us, people like me who reflect quite a large demographic on that side of the voter turnout.”
JT is dead right there. Labour has lost the working bloke and hopefully he will now be able to overcome the union lobby, the poofs lobby and the vested interests and win a selection so he can have at the Nats.
Welcome back JT. I’d vote for you.