I am a firm believer in seeing blood in politics.
Winners need to show why they are in charge and losers need to know they aren’t.
To my mind David Cunliffe needs to knife someone very publicly and very hard, then line up the shocked survivors and ask who is to be next?
Then he can set about rigging selections and quietly getting rid of people in the way.
So who to knife?
David Parker has been very public in his previous condemnation of David Cunliffe. However, save his untidy personal circumstances, he is still well liked in the wider party. Keep him on, he has some useful skills, always with the option of going nuclear on him if he doesn’t fall into line.
Clare Curran is blessed with stupidity, her unwise attack against Cunliffe in the last week has probably sealed her fate. She is tits anyway so there would be no fall out from cutting her political throat. She shouldn’t be surprised by it either since it is how she got into parliament with some judicious knifing of David Benson-Pope.
Trevor Mallard would be the prime target. He banks and trades on the fact that no one can touch him. He has ambitions to be Speaker and so a very public knifing of him will send the message that no one is untouchable and it destroys his ambitions. I’d go further and stitch up his selection too and rinse him there as well, consigning him to an ignominious end of a rather lack-lustre career. Perhaps some school somewhere might take him in and he can end his days teaching ungrateful kids in a decile one school.
Chris Hipkins is a another prime contender for a knifing. He was less than complimentary about Cunliffe in the aftermath of last years conference. He is young though and can bounce back.
If it was me I’d knife Curran and Mallard and then stare down the rest of the troughers that are the ABC club. Goff, King and Cosgrove need to be encouraged into a new career plus a few others. Cosgrove as a scum list MP will get bounced anyway due to the #manban, along with Jones and Little.
If Cunliffe doesn’t spill some blood then the next blood to be spilled will be his. Nothing focuses the mind of the troops than a shot up corpse draped over the parapet.