The policy wonks seem to be taking over the Labour party and the best example of out of touch pointy heads running amok is the Man Ban.
David Shearer has now come out against it. So too has Iron Mike.
Former Labour president Mike Williams says a proposal to allow the party to stop men from seeking selection as candidates in some electorates is “discriminatory” and will turn male voters off it.
Several of Labour’s male MPs have also voiced concerns.
Clayton Cosgrove isn’t impressed:
List MP Clayton Cosgrove joked that he had been Labour member for a long time and would do most things for the party but not āhave the operationā.Ā
West Coast-Tasman MP Damien OāConnor said he was confident his electorate would ānot ask for something so stupidā as a women-only candidate selection.
Shane Jones lets rip:
Shane Jones said it would do little to help Labour get back into Government.
“The last time I checked it was the blue-collar, tradie, blokey voters we were missing. The notion of blocking males is so absurd it’s hard to believe it came from people with the interests of Labour at heart.”
Phil Goff and Andrew Little have also opposed the rule change.
This nonsense would have been quietly choked at birth if Andrew Little had been in charge of the party. It is doing nothing for cohesion and is threatening to turn into a nasty spiteful little tiff.
I wonder if we aren’t seeing the demise of the once proud Labour party. It seems that this rule change has been brought in to ensure John Tamihere gets rinsed in Waitakere and Stuart Nash is run out of the party altogether.