Georgina Beyer is against Grant Robertson, now Mike Williams is saying that the social conservatives won’t tolerate Grant Robertson.
Labour is a broad church partyÂ and part of that sort of coalition is a significant group of socialÂ conservatives. I think they would be unhappy with GrantÂ Robertson, but the interesting thing is that that group wouldÂ never vote National, they just would not vote. And that was theÂ real problem for Labour in the last general election and indeedÂ the one before. We had the lowest turnout last election in 150Â years, or since we’ve had democracy in New Zealand, 25% ofÂ the proposal got on the role and didnâ€™t bother to vote, thatâ€™sÂ nearly a million, three quarters of a million voters. And whoeverÂ is the leaders has gotta really focus on getting that group outÂ voting and I think Cunliffe’s got a better chance of doing that.Â
Jenny Michie, who blogs at The Standard put the knife in as well.
Thatâ€™s right, I think it’s not a big a deal as it used to be. YouÂ know we now have gay marriage, and it actually went throughÂ without that much of a fuss, and the sky hasnâ€™t fallen. HavingÂ said that I think we’d be naĂŻve to imagine that there would be noÂ resistance to a gay Prime Minister at this point. I think someÂ people might have a problem with it, but I certainly wouldnâ€™t.
There is that nice inclusive Labour party on show, nobody does nasty quite like the left when attacking their own.