Scary National Party poodle?


Brian Rudman must have had some bad seats recently at the theatre, he is certainly Mr Grumpy-pants this morning in the Herald.

Instead of a women’s-only candidate list, what might be of more use to the poor old Labour Party right now is a nice comforting mummy it can hide behind when that scary National Party poodle Cameron Slater yaps.


How on earth did Labour come out the losers in a debate over gender equality and parliamentary representation? Even recently resigned National MP Jackie Blue went into bat for it, wearing her new hat as Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner. This despite Labour criticising her hiring as a job for the girls.

And they still backed out of it.

Yet somehow Labour has bought into the idea it’s the guilty party. After refusing to discuss the issue when it first arose, leader David Shearer eventually declared his personal opposition to the proposal going to the November conference to allow some electorates to have women-only selection lists to help boost female MP numbers.

Yesterday he went even further, forcing the party hierarchy to remove the proposal from the conference agenda. He said: “The distraction is turning our attention away from the issues that most New Zealanders are concerned about.”

If “equality” has become a distraction – what a strange concept – it was surely because he and his parliamentary colleagues first dithered when Mr Slater “exposed” the agenda item, then scattered in disarray. One-time leadership hopeful Shane Jones somehow managed to paint women as less than “entire” men, saying “the overwhelming response is the public doesn’t want the country run by geldings”.


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  • OT Richter

    Maybe a bad seat on the bus, mingling with the great unwashed. You know things are bad when Brian is bagging the left.

  • PlanetOrphan

    OK , I’m in, boots and all ….
    “gender equality” does not mean a womens only list …

  • Pissedoffyouth

    “But its all for the greater good”

    Hot Fuzz

  • cows4me

    Rudman miss the point there are real issues facing NZ so what do the crazies in the Labia Party spend their time dreaming up “equality”. It’s not a distraction, it’s just a complete waste of time. Do they honestly think the public of New Zealand give a pinch of horseshit about their version of equality. Is this going to win voters, they’re in fucken la la land.

  • Adolf Fiinkensein

    Absolutely priceless.

    “the overwhelming response is the public doesn’t want the country run by geldings”.

    Ranks alongside “I’d do almost anything for the party but I’m not going to have the operation.” (Cosgrove)

    • Lofty

      Most certainly…..great shot..made my evening..thanks

  • Lion_ess

    New tag to add to the list – not bad for someone irrelevant Cam.