Chris Carter is on a bender. He has painted himself into a corner and used his own brush and his own paint, but somehow it is all everyone elses fault he is in the predicament he faces.
His solution is to dish the dirt and my understanding is he has threatened to out all and sundry and damn the consequences. He has even threatened media personalities and staff with outing.
He really is a despicable person, being the former pin up boy for gay politicians, now he is acting like a screaming poof, all upset, at high dudgeon about imagined sleights on his [good] name.
The word is Helen Clark and her semi-official mouth-piece, Brian Edwards, have cut him loose. He is all alone and raging against the machine.
This is Phil Goff’s problem. He had to take action but really it is far too late.
Phil Goff hasn’t had any traction. He hasn’t been able to raise his personal approval rating and Labour remain stuck about 20% behind National in the polls after two years of Goffs leadership.
Chris Carter may have gone about it in the wrong way but he reflected a view within Labour that change is needed. There are options, and two of the best and brightest Labour MPs, Charles Chauvel and Grant Robertson are openly homosexual. frankly no one cares whether they are gay or not, and no one cares that Darren Hughes may or may not be either (We are used to him being a Ginga anyway, who cares if he is gay as well). For Chris Carter to now turn into a dirty traitor against his own mates, both labour and gay is becoming extremely uncomfortable, but should it?
The press are going to start asking the question “Would New Zealand elect a Gay Prime Minister?”. I believe yes. I don’t think the voting public actually care about sexuality, and as long as Grant or Charles can convince the voters they are the best person for the job, there is no reason their sexuality should stand in the way of them replacing Phil Goff.
New Zealand is a tolerant country where people tend to believe in live and let live. Even in the mid 70s when the Truth outed Marilyn Waring she did not suffer, probably because her electors thought it was her business who she slept with provided she did her job as an MP properly.
Both Grant and Charles have earned reputations for being good in their electorate, working hard and are personally popular. Charles went close to winning the only blue seat in Wellington, and Grant won Wellington Central with a 2800 personal premium over Labour.
Brian Tamaki and his looney followers may not vote for a gay on the grounds of their sexuality. Bogans and red necks may call them unpleasant names, but I don’t think they would vote en masse against a competent, popular gay leader of Labour. The rest of New Zealand will likely wonder why anyone cares.
I would not vote for Grant or Charles because they are Labour, not because of their sexuality. I have real issues with Grant never having a real job or any real world experience. Charles does has real world experience, being a partner in a large law firm, but his hypocrisy over the power generators dividends means I cannot trust him.
Is New Zealand ready for a gay Prime Minister, yes I believe we maybe indeed ready.