Grant Robertson, Prime Minister? – Toothless

Grant Robertson

Grant Robertson is the deputy leader of the Labour Party, and that means he is supposed to be the attack dog. He is supposed to sink his teeth into opponents and hang on grimly. In this role he has been toothless, and I am sure a redneck commenter will explain why.

National have handed up a whole lot of meat for Grant to sink his teeth in but he hasn’t even gummed them. He could start by asking about a senior political figure who has a suppression order over a domestic incident. He could then orchestrate a series of questions about National Party President and Sanford Director Peter Goodfellow’s business dealings starting with their $2.3m fine for deliberate pollution in the United States.

Peter Goodfellow keeps giving Labour free hits, and Grant keeps refusing. Sanford has issues with “slave labour” that are in the public domain, and these come up in the media repeatedly, yet Grant hasn’t asked the tough questions. Labour are supposed to look after the oppressed, yet one of the oppressors has escaped public scrutiny because Grant hasn’t manned up.

Grant could have also asked a series of questions about the investment in a Nelson property that left investors out of pocket for about $5m, with National Party Board Member Roger Bridge, and former Board member Craig Myles being the directors of the company involved.

This may seem a bit minor but Michael Cullen would have made National ministers look corrupt by tough questioning about Goodfellow and Bridge. Cullen would have convinced the New Zealand public that where there was smoke there was fire, and National were dodgy.

If Grant is serious about being Prime Minister he will start savaging National, holding Key to account for the people around him. That’s if he can overcome a habit of a lifetime and bare his teeth.


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  • BJ

    His personality is not that of attack dog. If he gets to be Prime MInister by being hoisted up there by his party he will be very good at defend dog

    • Hazards001

      Personality? Robertson has the personality of a wet tea towel. Still…you wouldn’t want him sneaking up on you from behind…just saying.

  • Patrick

    Article chokka block full of innuendo me thinks. The rainbow lovers will be up in arms.

    Whenever a political party refrains from dishing the dirt on the opposition the question has to be – what have they got on them?
    Makes me wonder what National knows about Labour MPs? There are enough muck throwers in Labour (Mallard et al) but little muck being thrown. Either they are saving their ammunition or National know too much.

    • Bunswalla

      Third option, IMO the most likely: Labour are breathtakingly incompetent.

  • Marcus50

    Robertson has largely been ineffective as DP of labour. Whether he is simply trying to not make mistakes while Shearer self destructs, is simply useless or perhaps both we will have to wait and see

  • RockyFist

    I think that his boyfriend prefers the no teeth look – but this guy has always been a bit of a soft touch so its a bit tough to epxect him to change to suit the environment. As we all know Labour MPs have trouble evolving.

  • mike

    He’s always reminded me of a rice pudding – soft, white and rather unpleasant.

    • Troy

      That double-chin… it gotta go (or is he trying to emulate Lange?).

  • AnonWgtn

    Robertson is a throwback to his days with Helen K.
    He is a schemer behind the scenes.
    He has filled his leader’s office with his own Rainbow (used to be a lovely word, and sky view – now used by twisted thinkers – like Gay) kind so that he can not be seen to be stuffing Shearer, which he is and come August he will do so.