Josie Pagani has suffered herself as a potential candidate, with death threats from other Labour candidates and ongoing attacks on her integrity.
She calls these people ‘heretic hunters’, people who are hell bent on finding and rooting out of Labour others that they consider heretics for daring to belief and espouse other ideas other than the approved group think of modern Labour.
Shane Jones wouldnât be quitting if he thought he was going to be in government next year. His resignation is a very clear warning bell; Labour cannot win if it loses people like Shane Jones and voters who support him.
And Labour cannot keep Shane Jones and the people who support him unless it looks like a party capable of winning, and that means a party that is inclusive, focused on jobs, better pay, and on celebrating opportunities for all of us to do better in life.
That is a basic core message that the Labour left ought to be able to unite around. The grave threat to Labour are the people, many of them Cunliffe supporters and workers in his own office, who are celebrating Shaneâs departure and calling for even more Labour voters to be purged.
Hereâs what Martyn Bradbury said on the Daily Blog tonight:
âLabour dodge a bulletâŠ.(itâs like) the relief of a haemorrhoid being surgically removed, losing Shane Jones is no different to that. Good riddanceâ.
Hereâs a taste of what theyâre saying on The Standard:
22 April 2014 at 6:40 pm
no shane jones was labours john key and accordingly pushed national policies. HE WAS IN THE WRONG PARTY HENCE HE HAS DISCUSSIONS WITH MCCULLY FOR SOME TIME.â
Some, not happy to stop at driving Shane out, want to see others gone too:
âKerryÂ @plateaunzÂ Protected TweetsÂ
Goff Mallard and King should have walked the plank.â
Thereâs no problem finding other Labour party staffers and candidates who share the view that Labour needs fewer not more people on its side, and that it can define itself by throwing people out rather than bringing them in. These are the militants who make every issue, from man bans to building roads a litmus test, and if you fail – good riddance.
The viciousness of these heretic hunters is driving people out of the Labour party at a time when Labour needs all the votes it can get.
If you disagree with these policy police or attempt to debate an issue, you are not just an opponentÂ – youâre an enemy within.
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