Have Labour's Past it Politicians Missed the Boat?

John Boscowen’s retirement highlights one of the differences between the left and the right in New Zealand politics. John can leave politics knowing he can return to the private sector, take a massive pay rise, a lot less stress and not have to deal with as many dickheads as he has had to deal with in Parliament.

This option isn’t open to Labour MPs because most of them have never done anything in the private sector that creates value, so they rely on government appointments. The smart ones got out early – Swain & Maharey were the smartest, they both have good jobs and don’t have to go through the bullshit that Labour is going through at the moment.

Helen Clark should have done the party a favour and moved on a whole lot more MPs who will play no role in the next Labour government. She could have given them board appointments to keep them happy, instead of having them clogging up the next generation. MPs like Street, Dalziel, King, Mallard, Chadwick and Barker obviously have no role in the next Labour government, but at the same time have no real skills for the real world. So they won’t leave.

This is putting Labour in an impossible position for the 2014 election after recovering from the slaughter that is coming November 26.


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  • rouppe

    I’m quite happy they didn’t get given board appointments. Becuase when they end up having to go, they will end up like Georgina Beyer, whining about how they can’t get a job and ending up on welfare.

  • MrV

    The question is are there enough boards that could have been used as the ‘used Labour party’ parking lot?

  • Gazzaw

    Even Helen maybe pushed to find them all jobs. Obviously nothing available in New York with Carter having to go to Kabul. Maybe some vacancies in Haiti, Somalia, Ethiopia. Libya may present some opportunities.

    By 2014 King, Mallard etc could do a waka jump to NZ First. They would be at one with their constituents.