Labour pains, Ctd

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In-fighting in Labour is spilling over and it is the marriage equality bill that is causing the boil over:

A Labour MP is telling his colleague to tell the whole truth when it comes to the gay marriage debate.

It follows comments by Mangere MP Su’a William Sio who has decided against voting for his colleague Louisa Wall’s Bill.

He says it would cost Labour the next election and is against the wishes of his electorate.

Labour’s Charles Chauvel says has spoken to him and says Mr Sio isn’t telling the whole story.

“For every conservative person born in a pacific island and brought up there, and now living in New Zealand, there’s probably four or five younger New Zealand-born people who don’t see what the fuss is about.”

Mr Chauvel says he respects Mr Sio’s opinion.

“But when you say this Bill or that Bill’s going to have electoral consequences – you really need to tell the whole truth.”

In other matters Gordon Campbell has noted just how right-wing David Shearer’s recent speech was and how Shearer is openly bashing bennies now:

What are we meant to take from this? That the leader of the Labour Party will stand shoulder to shoulder with them pointing an accusatory finger at those slackers on sickness benefits? This isn’t an encouraging glimpse of how Labour is planning to express its opposition to the next round of welfare reform, assuming that it will be opposing it. Perhaps this is why Labour hates David Cunliffe so much. Didn’t he say earlier this year that one reason Labour why lost the last election was that on important issues, it sounded too much like the National Party?

I’d say the split that is showing in Labour is instead a schism.

The only thing to work out is whether these Labour pains are real or actually Braxton Hicks contractions.


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