Labour pains, Ctd

Imperator Fish

Scott Yorke is in despair. When the post popped up in my RSS Reader I thought he was announcing he was gay on his blog…but he is actually saying he just can’t be bothered defending labour any longer:

But I am no longer the optimist. When I hear David Shearer speak he sounds to me more like a National Party leader. I’m sure his advisers are telling him to chase the middle vote, but all we seem to be promised is a slightly softer version of what we already have, and without asset sales. Why is he off chasing the votes of business groups and rural voters, when the main reason why Labour did dismally in 2008 and 2011 is the failure of traditional urban Labour voters to get to the polls? They are typically the poor, the young, Maori and Pasifika. They don’t give a crap about the knowledge economy or reforming the Reserve Bank Act. Many of them have figured Labour just doesn’t care about them. I’d like to assure them they are wrong, but are they?

I have a fine local MP in Phil Twyford, and I will continue to support him. There are also a lot of amazing and dedicated people within the party, many of whom are immensely frustrated by what they see going on. I admire their commitment and energy, and the huge amount of patience they have. Many of them remain fiercely optimistic in situations where I just fall into despair.

Perhaps readers could help Scott out and choose a new leadership pairing. Here is their current caucus…fill yer boots:


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  • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

    Time to surrender at the feet of Socialist Cindy……

  • le sphincter

    Fancy that, a white middle class professional who knows what the poor  and disadvantaged want.

    Well… not ‘know’ exactly, but hes heard it at dinner parties !

    • In Vino Veritas

      I guess that’s the difference Scpink, heard at dinner parties rather than at the pub or TAB. Bob Jones said the other night, “its not my fault these people are poor, in fact it’s their own fault”. There are an awful lot of NZ’rs that agree with that sentiment.

  • Seems to me

    Seems to me that its “Bring back buck time”!  

    • Mediaan

      Not such a bad idea. An All Black leader might save them from total wipe-out. And for a Deputy, why not please Mr Yorker and have the Twytford. The electorate would hate him, suits me fine.

    • Gazzaw

      Great idea but there’s more than a few labour MPs that Buck wouldn’t be too comfortable about packing down with.

    • Euan Rt

      I do hope by Buck, you are not referring to the dearly departed leader?

  • Mr Sackunkrack

    That’s what happens when the “heros” run out of “losers” to protect from the “bastards”.

    • Mediaan

      They are creating more losers as they go along. That is the reason they keep ladling money into students who spend it drinking in bars so they can post the photos on Facebook. And it’s the reason schools are designed to make sure a good number of kds will fail because there was no real teaching going on.

  • BW_Lord

    Just read through some of the shitstorm going on over at the standard.
    I think I’m just glad to see some of that bile and hate they spew turned on each other for a change.

    Makes for interesting reading, and I noticed some where forming a petition to call for shearers resignation. As happy as that makes me, I can’t help but think that a healthy opposition isn’t always a bad thing either.

    • Gazzaw

      How come Spink doesn’t post at the Stranded or does he use another name? I’m curious.

      • Polish_pride

        Probably cause you lot are far more fun to play with.

      • CJA

        Someone has to be the whipping boy PP.

  • GregM

    I looked at that list and my first thought was ” is that all they have”.

  • Euan Rt

    How about David Clark and Megan Woods. Nobody knows who they are so they might be able to separate themselves from the odious pile.

    • AnonWgtn

      Who ?

  • AnonWgtn

    Helen MkII Kelly is featured in the Herald today – full back page.
    When Annette King goes, probably sooner than the election, which enables Helen MkII to be in Parliament before the Election which enables her Union powerbase to dominate after the Labour/Green/Winston coalition.
    She could well be the first new MP leader, as she has the backing of the dominant Union members, the lesbians, and probably the male homos.
    Little little not in the picture – besides he is male (I think).
    Shearer, Robertson,Cunliffe (if he still in Parliament, after his job seeking overseas holiday! ) have no Union affiliation, and that rankles the Unionists underneath.
    They want to take Labour back to their way of thinking.
    Helen MkII can do that as leader, although she does not have the skills or real ruthlessness of Helen MkI (nor will she have Simpson MkI), but there will be the sycophants supporting her – Little Cindy Pony for one nwho will back any side she feels can enhance her position – understand her loyalty is for hire anytime.

    • DJ

       Aweful cold shivers running up my spine after reading that.

  • anon today

    Trevor Mallard is working on behalf of Christopher Hipkins; not on behalf of any ‘David’.

  • Rockyr

    I think Comrade Cindy with her subordinate David Cunliffe make the most likely pair. The Queers are solidly behind David Shearer.

  • Grandstream

    How does this latest circus actually get resolved ?  Havent the reds just chnaged their constitution bascially taking away the caucus ability to roll the leader ?

  • Mr Sackunkrack

    They should do a “Labour’s got talent” series.

    • AnonWgtn

      But they cannot find a winner !!

  • ConwayCaptain

    The thought f a 30 something year old with no world experience getting to be Leader of the Opposition or PM makes me shiver with fear.

    • Polish_pride

      Not necessarily a bad thing sometimes a fresh untainted perspective is what is needed most.

      • ConwayCaptain

        Maybe she has not been educated like Pitt the Younger

  • Cows4me

    Isn’t it about time we armed the liarbore caucus and let them sort it out amongst themselves. It’s working in Libya.

  • Steve and Monique

    Same shit,different day.