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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  • Mr Sackunkrak

    It says a lot when even the left are bored by the futility of it all.

  • Col

    I just want to see the new Labour leader elected, and Shearer retire, from politics, waved goodbye, as he gets on the plane to New York. Singing, see you later alligator, in a while crocodile.

  • Lion_ess

    If the Maori Party and Green Party can have co-leaders and all draw a Leaders salaries, how come the three stooges can’t co-lead? “… ahh, was such a tight finish, we couldn’t split them”.

    • Agent BallSack

      Grant Robertsons ears just pricked up

    • BJ

      Talking about splitting – shouldn’t the leader salary be split between co-leaders – why should a party draw two leaders salaries.

    • Kiritaki

      I have often wondered about the inane co-leader thing. A Leaders salary eh. Another bludgers rort

    • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

      Curryleaf-Horse lady combo is cooking….

      • dumbshit

        lurid thoughts of neigh neigh,fitted with horse collar and chaff sack straining at the leash

        • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

          Oh yuck…..

  • blokeintakapuna

    By the time this “contest” is over – all of NZ will be able to see for themselves just what Labour offers the country… and it won’t be pretty… at least not for Labour anyway.
    Elect a new leader = expose the lack of substance, then hoist them by their own petard…
    Even the TV producers and writers of Yes Minister! and “Borat tries Politics” could invent some of their enthusiastic electioneering promises.
    Borat, Mr.Bean or Basil Faulty at least wanted people to laugh at them…

  • LesleyNZ

    Paul Little soon won’t be a “a left wing trendy inner city hipster windbag” He will be a left wing trendy country city hipster windbag”. Wendyl Nissen said in her weekly Green Goddess newsletter that their house is up for sale so they can start looking for a country house of their dreams.

    • Agent BallSack

      Wait for the complaints to start rolling in about the smell of the country and the loud animals.

      • Muzza3

        You mean when Paul and Wendyl move , they will bring their smelly animals and smelly hippies way, to the country.

        • Mr Sackunkrak

          Ewwew. Rutting socialists will always be a smelly messy affair though. I blame it on “affordable housing” forcing socialists out as the real scum move in.

    • cows4me

      No houses in Taranaki and the noise and the smell is unbearable, please tell Wendyl.

    • Tude

      So she’s looking to cash in on the high prices? (Just so typical of the socialists). I wonder if she thinks having a few chooks makes her automatically welcomed in the country. [Nah Wendyl, it takes a great deal more than that & I’m not sure you have got it!]

  • Polish Pride

    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.

    Their is not a politician in the house that knows how to do this… from any party!

  • Mr_Blobby

    Could work.

    We have a poofter, a red blooded pervert, now all we need is a bitch how about Cunliffe with a T.

  • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

    I am surprised that this hippie is having a dig at the loser party…why?

  • Agent BallSack

    Three men in a tub,
    And who do you think they were?
    The Wanker, the Taker,
    The Want to Law Maker
    They all sailed out to sea,
    ‘Twas enough to make a man stare

    • Agent BallSack

      I came across this ending from the 1800s

      Turn them out, knaves all three