Labour’s new Trade Spokesperson will need to have a split personality to be business-friendly and anti-TPP
Labour have painted themselves into a corner and the person tasked with trying to step across the deep red paint is David Clark.
Unfortunately the man is an idiot.
He spoke to Richard Harman from Politik about his need to speak in tongues,
Labour’s new trade spokesperson knows he has to walk a very narrow line if he wants to carry out the party’s anti-TPP policies without alienating the business community at the same time as he avoids splitting the centre left political block.
David Clark understands it won’t be easy.
Of course it won’t be easy. It is nigh on impossible after the political gymnastics performed by his idiot leader. You simply can’t say you have bottom lines, have those bottom lines all met, then say you still don’t support it…and then say you won’t pull us out of the deal. There is a word that can’t be said in parliament but can be said on blogs….hypocrisy. Business really hates hypocrisy.
For a start he realises Labour could easily be held hostage by some of the extremists on the anti-TPP side.
“I’ve seen the Government actually trying to position us as being alongside the more extreme elements but that’s politics and that’s what they will try and do,” he says.
“Part of it is incumbent on me as the spokesman and us generally to do our homework; to make sure we are familiar with the deal, the ins and outs and then to be presenting the alternatives.”
He’s emphatic that Labour is a free market party.