Can Labour Shed its Nasty Party Image in time for 2014?

Darien Fenton’s senseless attack on the Mad Butcher is typical tribal Labour. They are a nasty party who attack everyone and everything that opposes them, and Helen Clark has left a legacy of unpleasant MPs who cannot appeal to voters because they are not likely.

Bryan Gould, a long time Labour party mouthpiece joins in the attacks on Sir Peter Leitch but he uses a much more stylishly packaged method disguised as disinterested comment,  but exactly the same sentiment -and worse, becuase it implies Leitch’s endorsement can be bought.

The challenge for the new leader of the Labour Party is to purge the nastiness from the party. They will have to get rid of old style Labour bruisers like Mallard, Fenton, and Street, and tell the up and coming unpleasant bruisers like Sepuloni and Wall that tribalism is a thing of the past and they need to start winning votes.

Labour need to stop getting headlines like this one in Palmerston North.

Iain Lees-Galloway took a break from rooting stenographers to campaign directly outside his opponents business. Then he had some silly excuse instead of apologising and moving on, allowing him to be defined not just as a stenographer rooter but as a nasty bastard also.

To be a serious contender for Prime Minister the next Labour leader needs to stop this silly negative approach and start concentrating on making his caucus likable.


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  • Agent BallSack

    Can Labour Shed its Nasty Party Image in time for 2014? Probably not.

  • Conspiracy

    Is Brian Gould Colonial Viper ?

  • Anonymous

    Iain at Palmerston North showed just what a pack of thugs various Labour people are, and at the same time gave Leone Hatepa valuable name recognition. So iain, by trying his bullying tactics just shot himself in the foot.

  • Paulus

    Sounds like Shearer for Labour Leader – who ? that right a non entity, but that might be good for them as he has no history.

  • Alan

    Bryan Gould is a supercilious pommy quince, and he is not to be taken seriously.
    He could have been the labour Prime Minister in Pomgolia at one stage . Bryan has done nothing and added nothing to Hamilton or the Waikato since being back in NZ, Just another liberal trougher.