Labour leadership scrap exposing divisions

It was always going to happen. THe Labour leadership scrap is exposing significant divisions within the party as the leadership contenders try to out bribe each other for the top job.

David Farrar looks at the mountains of unfunded promises so far.

Shane Jones though seems to be promising less and for that reason seems sensible compared with the frankly idiotic suggestions of Grant Robertson and David Cunliffe.

Jones though is causing runctions:

His campaign has prompted some mumblings that the rival camps think Mr Jones is taking too much attention. One MP says the response to Mr Jones from party members who have watched him in action is positive.

Mr Jones is unrepentant about the attention he is getting, saying Labour had asked for a contest and he had delivered. He describes the effect as “detonating the cosiness between the two primary candidates”.

One of the reasons people think twice is the concern that he will put off female voters.?

Mr Jones says he can’t hide from the “dramas that have hobbled my career” and accepts that he will not be supported by some women in Labour’s caucus.

He does not believe that the same view is held by women in general. During a walkabout, it is the women who toot and wave at him.

“Round Aotearoa I’ve always found I’ve been very popular with women. I’ve never been at the top of the hit parade with feminists. But the women I want to appeal to are the women who read the Woman’s Weekly, not Germaine Greer.”

That last statement has upset Maryan Street. Marie McNicholas of Newsroom reports:

Camp Robertson member Maryan Street arrived at caucus pointedly carrying an issue of the ?New Zealand Woman’s Weekly?, and claiming to have never read ?Germaine Greer’s 1970 feminist classic ?The Female Eunuch?.

The comment to reporters was aimed at Jones’s claim to be ?popular with women but not top of the hit parade with feminists. ?But the women I want to appeal to are the women who read the Woman’s Weekly, not Germaine Greer,? he was reported saying.

Street said she thought the comment was quite funny, but when asked what her message was to him, she said: ?He should read more.?

The growing impact of Jones’s entry to the contest ?is keeping MPs and party members guessing because it muddies the divide between Cunliffe and Robertson supporters.

I have heard that Jones is making gains as the ABCs realise that Robertson can’t win. Expect a rapid change in caucus dynamics shortly. Phil Goff has already gone across to Jones.