I’ve been watching the Labour leadership tussle with interest. Since it is Friday the 13th it is time for some hard hitting advice.
It is obvious to all that there are problems inside of Labour. When my good friend Brian Edwards thinks the prospects of peace are slim then there really is no hope.
I haven’t yet managed to get around to all my Labour sources, or to talk extensively with left commentators but one thing is for certain.
No matter who wins the caucus is still going to be divided, the party is similarly fractured, perhaps more so.
If David Cunliffe wins the caucus will just white-ant him. They really hate his guts and with the changes that are promised for support in getting him across the line then people like Trevor Mallard and Chris Hipkins are going to get rinsed. They will not take kindly to that, especially when they see Iain Lees-Galloway appointed to Chief Whip.
If Robertson wins then the membership will unhinge. It will be nasty and spiteful like nothing you have ever seen. Which will actually be funny since they have been touting all this democracy…the only reason they believe in members democracy for choosing the leader is because they believe that Cunliffe will win. Watch their desire for democracy evaporate when if Robertson jacks up the win.
Who ever wins though should follow this little piece of sage advice.
He needs to push everyone that doesn’t support him onto the back-benches. Have a personal meeting with each. “You’re either with me, or against me. You have 48 hours to decide, when I need your answer. Not being with me means you’ll be a back-bencher and lying to me and being found out means you will have me actively working to ruin your life. Any questions? Good – see you in two days”.
If they don’t do that then they are screwed, sooner rather than later.
I can certainly see a Mike Moore style takeover close to next years election with the ABC’s knifing Cunliffe and installing Shane Jones as a last ditch Hail Mary pass. It won’t work but it will be fun watching.