Some time back my good friend Brian Edwards cried off blogging, but it seems he has found a new source of luncheon sausage because he is back in the saddle so to speak and blogging up a storm.
His latest post suggests that Shane Jones’ time has come to lead the Labour party.
From the tone of his post it seems he has given up on the Cunliffe experiment.
If youâre a regular follower of this blog, youâll know that I have in the past written some pretty scathing posts on Labourâs Shane Jones. Not to put too fine a point on it, Iâve dismissed him not only as a future leader of the Party, but as a worthwhile Member Of Parliament and a decent human being.
Then, yesterday, I came across this video on the Heraldâs website. And I had no choice but to radically change my previous opinion and to do so with a degree of regret that it had ever been expressed. Iâd had a preview of Shane Jonesâ debating skill and facility with words a week or two back when he was interviewed on The Nation by Paddy Gower. But this was something different. It was an extraordinary display not only of oratory and the art of persuasive communication but of subtlety of thought and intellectual depth, leavened with humour. It was theatre.
One need not go far to look for a reason. Jones is equally fluent in Maori and English. But his impact when he combines the two is nothing less than extraordinary.
Well, he is also a man who provokes strong feelings of approval and disapproval, a high-risk candidate for the highest office in the land. But as I watched and re-watched this speech, I thought I could perhaps see a Leader of the Opposition there and a Prime Minister to boot.