Hard not to disagree with Shane Jones

As the Labour leadership selection turned nasty yesterday it was hard not to agree with Shane Jones. Labour is unfit to govern.

“What happens in David Cunliffe’s camp or Grant Robertson’s camp ought not to be fed via the Twitter, then exponentially spread up and down New Zealand, only to confirm that the Labour caucus is unfit to govern,” Mr Jones said.

To my mind David Cunliffe deliberately threw Jenny Michie under the bus to ensure continued media coverage of Grant Robertson’s homosexuality was to the fore.

Clare Curran unwittingly gave Cunliffe the opportunity when she made a huge fuss an bother about statements made more than two weeks ago by Michie to The Nation programme. Comment I might add that were neither homophobic nor out of line.

Nonetheless Cunliffe used that and now Grant Robertson gets to suffer another couple of days with people talking about his sexuality. 

Curran goes from one screw up to the next though…can you believe her statement following on from the attack by Shane Jones on her:

ONE News political reporter Michael Parkin says the row is a sour note for the final showdown between the Labour leadership contenders.

Clare Curran says she stands by her comment. She says she does not believe someone who speaks their mind should then be punished by the party. Parkin says that is “slightly ironic given the way that this all kicked off”.

Exactly…Curran was on a witch-hunt against Cunliffe and Michie and now she all of a sudden believes people can say what they want? Looks like she may be borrowing the green taliban’s Shield of Sanctimony.

Curran may be in Robertson’s leadership team but Clare really isn’t someone you’dwant on your team. I bet that when at school and they were picking teams she was always picked last. She’s like a handicapped person playing football…close to the action but never likely to threaten the net.

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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.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.