Imagining the outrage

I’ve been meaning to write about Labour’s constitutional reform. Part of me doesn’t want to comment because I really want them to do it. Another part of me wants to comment on the bravery of labour to contemplate such changes.

National by comparison is timid as hell, preferring to suggest constitutional change to prevent people having differing opinions…and attempting like the Rugby Union of old to prevent the inset of professionalism in politics.

While Peter Goodfellow and Greg Hamilton spent their speeches rebutting me and ignored sharing the 8 page review of the election performance with delegates the Labour party has boldly suggested strong changes to their constitution.

I do wonder though at the free ride Labour’s proposed changes have gotten in the media, seemly unconcerned with the capture of Labour by the affiliated unions who have been gifted a 20% say in who should be leader.

I mean what a winning proposition, constitutionally locking in union control at 20% for them deciding the leader…talk about owning a political party. Why then have the media pretty much ignored this…instead they think it is hilarious publishing funny facial expressions of National party speakers.

But consider this for a moment…what if National said as part of their constitutional review that they were going to give Federated Farmers, and the Business Round Table a 20% say in selecting the leader? Could you imagine the outrage? The calls of sector capture? Editor after editor and opposition speaker after opposition speaker would lambast National as the party captured by business and farmers….but on Labour…not a squeak.

It is quite pathetic really. But then that is what our media has become. Pathetic.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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