Josie Pagani can’t understand the left wing blogs celebrating
“With Shane gone, it feels like the message to people who think like Shane, or identified with Shane, none of those people have received a message saying you’re still welcome in the Labour Party. I think that’s the problem.”
She said the anti-Jones brigade among Labour’s activists erupted in celebration on social media without appearing to realise they were effectively sending a message to others that if they identified with Jones, they were not wanted in Labour.
“All you have to do is look at the parade of people popping champagne and saying ‘good riddance’ in the blogosphere. Are we really saying to people who look and think and sound like Shane that they may as well go and vote National because you’re not welcome in Labour?”
David Parker says it’s business as usual, but then admits they lost their own Winston Peters
The party’s leadership has sought to restore a bit of calm and perspective. Deputy leader David Parker says just because Jones has gone, what he stood for had not. He said fighting against inequality and on behalf of workers had been part of Labour’s ethos for almost 100 years. It had managed to express them before Jones and would manage to do so after Jones.
“Nobody is indispensable. If you’re suggesting, as some have, that the only way Labour connects with middle New Zealand is through Shane Jones, that’s just wrong. He’s a good person and a more powerful orator in his use of language than anyone else in Parliament. But there is no one like Shane in National or anywhere. The closest would be Winston [Peters].”
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