Let's get down to tin tacks

It is time for a “Come to Jesus” discussion about Labour and it’s current leadership.

Forget Darren Hughes, he is a political corpse and now he is starting to stink up the joint. Whaleoil’s Rules of Politics state: Never Hug a Corpse – it just makes you smell dead too.

However Phil Goff has said that the Labour leadership team has known about this issue for two weeks.

When you boil it down the whole issue can be summed up in just one sentence.

The Chief Whip of Labour, Darren Hughes, has been accused of allegations of a very serious nature and is being investigated by Police, further those allegations arose from an incident in, the Deputy leader of the Labour Party, Annette King’s house and the Leader of the Labour Party, Phil Goff, has tried to keep it hidden for two weeks.

It simply isn’t good enough that Phil Goff has now belatedly stood Hughes down from his portfolios. It is too little too late. No wonder Phil is now desperately trying to head of the challenge that is now out in the open and running against him.

My Labour sources tell me that David Parker is mounting the challenge, backed by Maryan Street and Ruth Dyson with the tacit approval of the New York office. Parker is a good choice and one of the few heterosexual males that Clark genuinely liked. He is a respected man, with a business background, and in stark contrast to the current debacle had the integrity to resign but was reinstated when found not guilty.

The best part of all this for Parker is that the coming election loss can all be blamed on Annette King and Phil Goff. He is also not so closely associated with the previous regime that he can make a clean break and forge a new policy platform that can attack Nationals weak-points and blind spots.


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  • otagodave

    im an old bugger and currently like john keys. All this tuff with labour ie rainbow caucus etc is wierd, not anti gay just anti stupid

  • giblet

    Trevor Mallard must be wetting his hospital bed being stuck in Dunedin whilst all this is going on.

  • michaels

    im an old bug­ger and cur­rently like john keys.

    Like me and probably you, he is just one person.

    • Mr. Infinity

      One person in a party in which every virtually member is superior to every member of the opposition. And the other party are bleeding heart socialist rats.

  • michaels

    Parker musr be about the only Labour MP that I sort of can put up with, he would probably do well and even raise their polling slightly. However would have to be political suicide for him especially with Little Andrew in the backdrops.

  • cadwallader

    Who’d want the job of trying to lead this absurd gang anywhere? They are on the shit-strewn highway to oblivion.

  • excuseme

    Parker could do very well by toppling Goff. He is intelligent, measured (i.e. not a clown), and generally respected. He does not irritate or alienate people as Cunliffe does. Most importantly, he is unlikely be blamed widely for the forthcoming heavy Election loss later this year.

    Everyone knows that Labour is presently on its knees. Its political fortunes can only rise over time – with capable leadership. His only serious political downside may prove to be the perception of being “backed by Maryan Street and Ruth Dyson with the tacit approval of the New York office”.

  • otagodave

    Parker is probblly ok but they really need to tidy up the whole show. John Keys is OK but must keep control of those around him. About 10% dont make up there mind till the day. Last 10m. Must be borring for u young committed buggers that old pricks like me decide who governs, think about the maori party?

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  • sean14

    Must be bor­ring for u young com­mit­ted bug­gers that old pricks like me decide who gov­erns

    Not at all otagodave, but it would be nice if you could get the Prime Minister’s name right.

  • thor42

    I’ve just read David Parker’s profile on labour.org.nz. The usual complete load of waffle. Nothing new.
    The worst bit was this – “The last Labour government was a very good manager of the economy.”
    Parker has as much of a profile as wallpaper. In other words, he is ideal Labour Party leader material.

  • phronesis

    David Parker has more than a few skeletons in the closet from his business days in Dunedin.