The five stages of political death

An adaptation on a theme.

Trevor Mallard has been especially foul the last few weeks and it got me thinking about what is the root cause.  Trevor is clearly going through the 5 stages of political death.  I have take the attached off the internet and modified a little to reflect the stages of political death and what Trevor Mallard in particular is going through.  Some have managed to Move on – in particular Clark and Cullen, and soon Pete Hodgson and others that are retiring. SDome will be forced to move on by the results of the election.

But old troughers such as Mallard, Goff, King, and others who have refused to leave, hang in there, knowing for them they are unemployable in the real world.

They know all they have to look forward to is the dole queue.

Political Death is a somewhat complicated and misunderstood emotion. Yet, Political death is something that, fortunately, the Labour Party must experience in order for them to be reborn. Trevor Mallard will inevitably experience that loss.

There are five stages of Political Death. Labour have been stuck in the denial stage, and  the process of grieving is not complete (in fact it has barely started).  Thus there will be no healing and no re-birth of the Labour Party. The Labour Party MUST go through the five stages to be reborn,  to heal from the scars of the Clark dictatorship. Not every political Party goes through the stages at the same time.

We on the right cannot force the Labour Party to go through the stages, they have to go at their own pace, and they  may go one step forward then take two steps backward, but this is all part of the process, and individual to each Party and people within the party such as the foul Trevor Mallard. But, as stressed, ALL five stages must be completed for healing to occur.

The five stages of political death  are:

1. Denial – “this can’t be happening to me”, looking for the former Leader in familiar places, or if it is death, txting the person and acting as if they are still leading the Labour Party. Not accepting or even acknowledging the loss.

2. Anger – “why me?”, feelings of wanting to fight back or get even with the Dear Leader, for leaving, anger at the current leader, blaming them for rotten polling, lack of traction.

3. Bargaining – Bargaining often takes place before the loss. Attempting to make deals with the Leaders in waiting, with opposition political parties, unions, teachers and baseline support demographics who are deserting Labour in droves, those who are leaving, or attempting to make deals with God to stop or change the loss. Begging, wishing, praying for them to come back.

4. Depression – overwhelming feelings of hopelessness, frustration, bitterness, self pity, mourning loss of the Dear Leader. and the political party that once was,  as well as the hopes, dreams and plans for the future. Feeling lack of control, feeling numb. Perhaps feeling complete and utter hopelessness.

5. Acceptance – there is a difference between resignation and acceptance. You have to accept the loss, not just try to bear it quietly. Realization that it takes more than one make or break a party. Realization that the person is gone (in death) that it is not their fault, they didn’t leave you on purpose. (even in cases of electoral suicide, often the deceased politician, was not in their right frame of mind) Finding the good that can come out of the pain of loss, finding comfort and healing. Our goals turn toward personal growth. Stay with fond memories of person/party.

Get help Trevor and Labour. You will survive. You will heal, even if you cannot believe that now, just know that it is true. To feel pain after loss is normal. It proves that we are alive, human.

But Labour can’t stop living. They  have to become stronger, while not shutting off their feelings for the hope of one day being healed and finding the love and/or happiness of the people again. Helping others through something we have experienced is a wonderful way to facilitate our healing and bring good out of something tragic.


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  • greenmuppet

    LOL, very clinical. I’d say Labour are barely out of the Denial phase and have begun transitioning to the Anger stage having finally realised they are in the long term opposition.

    Back then Labour painted the loss of the 2008 election as an unfortunate and temporary glitch with the system and it was none of their fault. I.e. voters made a blunder, would soon realize it under the National government and would eventually crawl back asking Labour to be their captain again.

    I remember Phil Gof was trying to put the dirty washing out by apologising for what Labour Government had done but looked like his own party just ignored him. Hence, here we go, they have since stuck in the denial/anger stage.

  • monty

    Cam – you are so caring, I am sure Trevor Mallard will take comfort and appreciate your kind words of wisdom. Or he could revert to type and become abusive, angry, lash out, and yell and scream like the 12 year old he normally acts like.

    Next time there is an out-burst maybe in a caring sensitive and understanding way – just remind Trev that it OK. We understand – he is just going through the 5 stages of political death.

  • I hope that Trev does find something worthwhile to do after life in politics. He has no future in asparagus picking though.

  • Spanishbride

    Next you will be offering him a HUG!
    Harden up WO, ;)

  • Ricardo

    For that stupid prick mallard, its more like the 5 stages of growing up….he is at the terrible two’s stage…throws the toys, yells, cries and gets very very angry when he is shown as the total thicko and repressed idiot that he is….hardly surprising to see the commies stuffed the only change of legislation that they have attemped recently…then blame it on resources….in the real world we do it ourselves, or else it never gets done right.,.these idiots in the grubby, dumb and hopeless red camp are unemployable and a disgrace….bring in FPP immediately……they dont deserve to have their greedy snouts in the trough if they cant even do simple things right….

  • middleagedwhiteguy

    I think Darien Fenton is at Stage 2