Appealing to Waitakere Man

Well this one must be on Chris Trotter’s wish list for the future of the Labour party.  Today’s Herald on Sunday has run a photo from a recent ‘Get it On’ event – Urge Black at the Emperor’s Bathhouse.   The Herald’s photo is taken from the ‘Get it On’ facebook page.

Nothing out of sorts here except that the HoS has highlighted David Shearer’s Chief of Staff Alistair Cameron attending and showing off his particularly fine physique.  Why is this an issue?  Well of course it isn’t.  Well, not really.  Except that Labour are desperately trying to appeal to the ‘Waitakere Man” and to have the most senior staffer cavorting in next to nothing in a room full of queers probably won’t appeal to Waitakere Man.

Face it Chris, Labour no longer wants to appeal to ‘Waitakere Man’.  He’s been left out in the cold.  The few blokey Labour men are either  closet right wingers like James Bews -Hair or, like O’Connor and Tamihere, have worked out that Labour is doomed to be run by the ‘gaggle of gays’ and the ‘self-interested unionists’.

I very much doubt that Shearer could quietly ask Cameron to think about Labour’s brand when he attends events (even in a personal capacity).   I can just see the howling of homophobia, the “Chris Carter” defence and Cameron running to the man who installed him (Robertson) for some assistance in retribution.  Yeah sure, Cameron is there for Shearer.  I called bollocks on that here in April.

So, Chris, was this what you had in mind from Shearer in leading Labour back to Labour’s roots?


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