Does Labour's Affirmative Action Policy reflect New Zealand?

This blog has a clear policy on gays, and gay issues. For those that do not remember, during the 2010 local body election it outlined the following position on Gay Marriage.

So before any intolerant fool on the left starts having a go at me for being a redneck or being anti gay please do your research and understand that I am not anti gay. I have made it clear I believe New Zealand could have a gay Prime Minister, and the gayness of someone like Grant Robertson or Charles Chauvel would not stop them from becoming PM, if they are good enough.

Likely they will get bashed for being out of touch, liberal elite wankers who want to waste taxpayers money on stuff like the NZSO, RNZB and Nikki Kaye’s gay mardi gras, but that doesn’t mean their homosexuality will stop them being Prime Minister.

What I do stand against is putting one class of citizen ahead of any other class of citizen because of their race, gender or sexuality.

So Gay New Zealand needs to consider if it would be acceptable to welcome “white straight males” getting a promotion on the Labour list. It appears they don’t.

“Maryan Street is in seventh position, two higher than her place heading into the 2008 election, in a list that has seen significant changes at the top in the past three years. Phil Goff, Annette King, David Cunliffe, Parekura Horomia and Street are the only two MPs ranked in the top ten who were in the top ten before the last election.

Charles Chauvel has made his way from 27th place to 11th place in a solid three years in Parliament, while Grant Robertson has soared from 46th spot to 14th.

Incredibly gay-friendly Auckland Central candidate Jacinda Ardern is another first term MP who has clearly impressed, moving to 13th place from 20th, while another very gay-friendly colleague Kate Sutton has climbed to 35th from 63rd.

Gay candidate Jordan Carter is in 40th place, a good jump from his ranking of 70th in 2008.”

Labour will continue to struggle in the polls until it realises factional promotions of people based on identity issues pisses off the majority of New Zealanders. Labour should select on merit, not sexuality.


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  • orange

    We had Helen Clark for 9 years and it didn’t seem to be an issue.

  • schmoepooh

    I understand from a rather too quick read of the Labour Party Constitution that there are rules against discrimination on the grounds of race, gender and sexual preference AND there are preferential arrangements for Rainbow representatives on the National Council. This is the issue that concerns plenty of Kiwis including ex Labour Party members such as myself. It is clear the Gay community are not just interested in reversing the appalling discrimination of the past, but the Social Constructivists among them want more than that. Any cursory glance through the blog sites around the world is quite revealing. To permit a choice of lifestyles and sexual preference is one thing but to elevate it to a quasi constitutional category is a totally different kettle of fish. When people vote they (hopefully) are interested in the candidates commitments and loyalties. If you allow a special category of membership in the Party’s constitution perhaps that should feature on voting forms.
    In Australia they instituted compulsory voting to prevent politics being hijacked for specific agendas. Perhaps we should do the same.

  • sooty

    The Labour party is defined by it’s party list. You get what you vote for.