Will Rainbow Labour Arse up the Labour Conference

Labour no longer represents the working man. Or the working woman. It is a factionalised group of intelligentsia, union hacks and gays. There are so few blokes left in the Labour caucus Labour can’t reconnect with middle New Zealand.

Now Rainbow Labour have arsed up the Labour party conference by rabbiting on about quotas rather than issues that hit middle New Zealand in the hip pocket.

The Labour Party conference in Christchurch this weekend looks set to approve a remit that will require its list to “fairly represent” gays and lesbians among candidates.

At present, the constitution says there shall be no barriers to nominees on the grounds of sexual orientation or marital status. But a remit proposed by the party’s ruling New Zealand Council would require the list-ranking committee to pro-actively ensure that its list fairly represents “sexual orientations”, as well as tangata whenua, gender, ethnic groups, people with disabilities, age and youth. 

The New Zealand Council is also proposing a Maori-only list ranking committee to rank its Maori candidates for the next election.

Under another remit, Labour’s list-ranking committee decisions will also have to aim for a caucus of at least 45 per cent of women next year and at least 50 per cent in 2017. That target was foreshadowed earlier this year when former leader David Shearer ditched the controversial so-called “man-ban” remit, which would have allowed for women-only selections in some electorates.

Labour are really, really stupid.

Middle New Zealand doesn’t care about how many poofters there are in caucus. They care about how to pay the bills, how to get their kids or grandkids educated and how to set aside some money for retirement.

They do not care about gay stuff like “fairness” or “equity”.

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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.

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