Oh dear me…the commentators have all turned on labour and David Cunliffe. The Jones debacle has picked the scab of a rancid and pustulated sore that is the Labour party.
Iâ€™m getting tired of asking â€˜what is Labour thinking?â€™. But thatâ€™s what weâ€™ve been saying all year long.
Itâ€™s time for them to be firing shots. The election is 20 weeks away, the budget just days away, and Labour is firing shots alright – right into their own feet.
Rajen Prasad’s stand on Nigella Lawson in the weekend was truly laughable. We canâ€™t keep out a visitor without criminal conviction unless they represent truly objectionable viewpoints such as rappers praising gang rape or holocaust deniers. We canâ€™t deny Nigella a visa unless we decide that she really does use too much butter. So it was a Don Quixote moment, except Nigella will never look like a windmill. The real story is that Rajen was not under control.Â Matt McCarten seems to have lost his legs, just like Benji Marshall – the game line is safe.
Then there was Andrew Little’s outrage yesterday that Wanaka worked over Easter weekend. Labour says theyâ€™re all about jobs, but theyâ€™re not when they say that when 25,000 people visit town no-one is allowed to profit from it due to an antiquated law. Wanaka jobs are dependent on snow and the Warbirds. They wanted to make money, they wanted jobs so I donâ€™t get what Andrew is on about. When the workers want to work and when the work is there, they work and you let them. Thatâ€™s called supporting workers Mr Little. I didnâ€™t hear anyone from Wanaka moaning about working when they flouted the law and made hay.
So another week of more gaffes, more overthinking. Itâ€™s a weekly wonder. And before all you Labour supporters start thinking Iâ€™m some sort of Tory cheerleader, there’s Shane Jones.
Has there ever been a clearer example of a rat leaving the sinking ship than Shane? Last year he charged for the Labour leadership. This year he’s leaving to be a salary boy, jacked up by Murray McCully no less. Heâ€™s given up. He canâ€™t see a Cabinet job on the government benches so heâ€™s off to make hay. Canâ€™t say I blame him!
So Labour has lost its mojo. It doesnâ€™t even know how to spell mojo. Thereâ€™s something deeply wrong. After two terms out of office, they should not be this far out of the race this close to an election. Itâ€™s sad.