Don't Panic, Don't panic

Sometimes you just have to wonder. We have Mike Williams saying there is no need for Labour to panic, yet we have reports that blind panic is setting as the old Guard of Phil, Trev, Annette entrench their positions and Clare Curran getting all nasty in the blogs because the Greens on the extreme left are stealing Labour supporters.

Labour are making the mistake of fighting their Greenie partner for the few votes on the extreme left fringe, and leaving the centre wide open for National and Key to dominate.  Fools.

Then Mike Williams admits the election is lost with Phil at the helm. Mr Williams says it’d be counterproductive to roll Phil Goff as leader now.

“Anyone who came in to occupy that position, and I can’t think who would, would be looked upon as a kind of night watchman in cricket. It’s a poisoned chalice,” he says

Unbelievable – the night-watchman is the fill-in position, not expected to go the distance, maybe score a few runs, but essentially not stuff up.  Phil Goff is better compared as the night watchman who runs out half his team-mates between drinks and end of the days play.

No one is Labour has any faith in Goff. They just have no one better (thanks to the insecurities and mis-management of Clark).  Bill English’s record looks under risk as the factions of Labour biff each other, have no game plan (except stealing underpants) and no money.


THANK YOU for being a subscriber. Because of you Whaleoil is going from strength to strength. It is a little known fact that Whaleoil subscribers are better in bed, good looking and highly intelligent. Sometimes all at once! Please Click Here Now to subscribe to an ad-free Whaleoil.

  • Monty

    What makes me so happy is that National can sit back and just watch the Left and Labour in particular implode. Labour really are useless and the tensions that Clark worked so hard to control and keep hidden from the public are bubbling to the surface and festering.

  • abjv

    A night watchman is someone of no great batting ability, put in for a few overs late in the day. Generally there is a much better batsman waiting, who doesn’t want to risk a start with only a couple of overs to go. Let the night watchman play through to stumps, and expect them to get bowled in the first couple of overs in the new day.

    Warren Lees went in as night watchman in a test in Karachi once, survived till stumps and ended up making 152. But its only happened once. Night watchmen have also been known to get bowled first ball.

    The main worry about rolling Phil is whoever does it, is extremely unlikely to survive the first couple of overs after the election.

    Annette’s role is a much better target, and in cricket terms this makes them ‘first drop’. It also ensures a high place on the list; quite attractive to any present MP quite low on the list and with a constituency battle on their hands.

  • thor42

    Goof and King are as useless as each other. King has done **nothing at all** that I can remember in her gawd-knows-how-many-decades in Parliament. Just another nonperforming overpaid trougher.