A leader rises

The machine is mobilising in Labour to shut down talent. Labour had already removed a lot of talent by ranking them behind useless long in the tooth political zombies who thought they were relevant. The voters called time on them.

Now there is a whispering campaign to shut down David Shearer and he has shrugged that off and delivered a post election speech that should send shudders through the other contenders.

Whereas the political zombie who is the campaign strategist that handed Labour its worst result since 1928 was spitting tacks and vitriol at political opponents, David Shearer is saying the words that voters needed to hear 3 years ago:

The result on Saturday night means that I’ve got a bit of freedom to talk to you frankly, because it was a message for me and for my colleagues in Labour that we need to change.

We didn’t emerge as the party voicing the dreams and aspirations of New Zealanders.

We need to become that party, and all of us who have been given leadership positions as members of parliament need to accept our responsibility for becoming the party that New Zealanders expect to see.

Go read the rest of the speech. David Shearer has shown his mettle.

Labour needs to change and change fast. Their dominance by union flunkies has damaged them. Damien O’Connor called them the gaggle of gays and self serving unionists and acted like a ral kiwi bloke. He won a seat back off National. David Shearer too is now talking plain.

Labour have a chance of beating National if they pick Shearer. Labour has a chance if they reform their constitution and become more democratic. I suspect they will do nothing of the sort. They will remain mired in factionalised nastiness. The two front contenders show that. David Cunliffe showed us the nasrty in a video and David Parker’s campaign in Epsom was one of the nastiests seen in living memory. I’m sure in due course video of candidate meetings will surface to prove the point that Labour is still the nasty party.

With Shearer they have a chance to break that mould. Does Labour have the courage?

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