Three bald men fighting over possession of a comb

Paul Little is a left wing trendy inner city hipster windbag married to an even bigger hippy windbag, Wendyl Nissen. I usually have no truck with whatever he has to say about anything, let along about politics.

However his comments about Labour’s leadership race are worth reading. For a bigger laugh though go read the comments on the article where they label him a right winger…too funny.

Never have three bald men fought more fiercely over possession of a comb than this trio is doing over a prize no one in their right mind could want.

As soon-to-be-redundant jobs go, leader of the Labour Party is up there with sales manager at the electric typewriter factory and cinema projectionist.

But when another friend asked breathlessly: “What about David Shearer resigning?” I was reminded that there are still some liberals out there who take Labour seriously as a political force. 

Paul Little obviously doesn’t think Labour has any longevity.

The media have been trying very hard to add some oomph to the Labour leadership campaign and good on them because you’d be waiting a long time for any of the colourless candidates to set the electorate’s pulse racing.

They will march forward to September 15, humming the old refrain about restoring a fair go for the average Kiwi – just as the other side does – without a clue as to how to bring that about.

But imagine a world in which you looked forward to hearing what a politician had to say on an issue because it would be practical, sensible and inspiring, a world in which leaders actually led.

Not easy, is it?

Same old, same old, I think he is trying to say.

On Twitter I saw someone, who would presumably answer without a blush to the description “Labour Party faithful”, call someone else out for saying that the new Labour leader will need to come up with some good strong policies.

No, she said, it’s the Labour leader’s job to put in place the party’s policies.

And there’s your problem: Labour wants a leader who won’t be allowed to lead. Passion and vision won’t come into it, and that is what has brought Labour to this stage in its drawn-out death throes.

Shearer failed to make an impression, not only because of personal style but also because he is the leader of a dying party. He had a crack at a couple of visionary policies without gaining any headway. Somehow a capital gains tax failed to inspire voters. Perhaps it was the wrong sort of visionary.

However, his replacement, knowing he will not have to put them into practice, has the opportunity to go out on a limb with some visionary policies, albeit chancing a bit of a ticking off from the party in the process.

Unfortunately, even though he will never be Prime Minister, he will want to stay leader of the Labour Party. Risk aversion being the golden rule of getting elected, he will keep his visionary policies to himself.


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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. 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 who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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

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