The coming bloodbath

Last night on The Huddle I remarked that Labour is claiming that this leadership vote will be unifying…that the new leader will have a united party behind them.

Well, sorry that is just fanciful nonsense. No political party known to man has ever been totally unified..not even National currently is totally unified…and nor should it be…because to claim it as being so denies human nature and reality. Sheesh Bill English is still fighting battles from a decade ago….holding grudges and plotting the downfall of those who maligned him back then.

So it is a lie when people who profess to speak for Labour suggest that this unedifying spectacle will unify the party.

Let’s look at that for a moment…and see how credible it really is.

David Cunliffe is loathed by caucus, with barely a third of them supporting him. Though is thought to be the saviour and messiah of the activists and hard left. He has all the negative qualities of a ‘grandiose narcissist’ and none of the positive qualities. If he wins there will be retribution. Danyl McLauchlan intimates this in his post on the matter:

My sense of how the leadership vote will play out is this: Cunliffe will win the majority of the primary membership votes and almost all of the secondary votes, and win the membership vote in a landslide. He also looks on track to win the majority of the union votes. The gallery are reporting that he has about 1/3rd of the caucus votes. I suspect that most – if not all – of the Shane Jones secondary caucus votes will go to Grant Robertson, who will carry the caucus with a sizable majority but still lose to Cunliffe.

That’s actually a pretty good outcome for Cunliffe. He gets to indulge in the post-victory bloodbath that he probably deserves, justifying it on the grounds that the caucus is out of touch with the party, the affiliates and the public.

Grant Robertson is the darling of the beltway and caucus, but basically the union blokes just don’t like the idea of a poof running their party. If he wins he will still have Cunliffe and his bunch of nasty useless MPs white-anting him and there will be claims of a caucus stitch up from the feral activists of the membership. There will be no party unity if Robertson wins.

Shane Jones winning is an outside chance and with that an even remoter chance of party unity. The hard core activist loons will not tolerate a red-blooded right-wing bloke.

The prospects of a unified Labour party are remote. All I can see is a internecine bloodbath with the winner taking home the cold dead corpse of a once proud party.


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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.  And 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 that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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