Game of Thrones – Labour style




Thought you’ve seen dirty politics?  You’ve seen nothing yet.

The nasty left are experts at it, and when they turn inwards, they just as easily eat their own young.

Ably assisted by Matthew Hooton

Right-wing commentator Matthew Hooton said Cunliffe, who today said he would resign from the role, was leading the Labour party down the path of destruction.

“He seems to be determined to be as destructive as he can to the Labour Party.”

If Cunliffe won the race for leader it could be the end of the party as it had been known since 1916, Hooton said.

The party would “tear itself apart” during the leadership campaign and if Cunliffe won, the party would cease to be legitimate in the public mind.

The best outcome for Labour would have been for Grant Robertson to go in unopposed and take the leadership, with Jacinda Ardern as his deputy.

A “new, young, future-looking” line-up in the Labour Party would have the best chance against National’s ageing front bench in the 2017 election, he said.

Grant and Jacinda will not be the right choice to end Labour’s troubles, which is why Hooton is pushing it so hard.  Known as the beltway luvvies, the paid are severely underprepared for their proposed roles.   And that’s forgetting that David Parker, who admittedly can keep his head high among the wreckage, isn’t at all interested in stepping away from a deputy leadership role.

Former Labour Party president Mike Williams said Cunliffe had done the right thing by resigning.

“I don’t believe you can produce the worst result in 90 years and not walk the plank.”

However, Cunliffe would not be seen as a legitimate leader if he was re-elected, Williams said.

Cunliffe should, and possibly would, withdraw his nomination to contest the leadership, he said.

But under a new leader the party did have the potential to come back and take out the 2017 election.

Williams echoed Hooton’s thoughts, that National would be celebrating Labour’s latest debacle.

You have to admire the Decade of Dysfunction that Helen Clark left behind her when she abandoned the Labour party.  In the mean time, the party itself, disgusted with the people in parliament, are trying to fix it from the ground up.  It seemed so democratic at the time, but now we have a union tail wagging a non-compliant Labour caucus dog.

The pressure on David Cunliffe to withdraw is simply astounding.  Watch the hit jobs starting to appear in the media as the ABC faction drip feed the hurt.

Meanwhile, supported by a union culture where you fight to the last man, and being a scab is worse than being a rapist, they are likely to back Cunliffe into regaining his leadership.  Cunliffe will have run the numbers, and even though he’s now down to about the same amount of approval rating from his own caucus as the country has for him as potential prime minister, he feels secure in knowing he can bring the membership along.

All he has to do, and the framing has started, is explain that it is the MPs that are useless.  The fact that most of them lost the party vote in their electorates, and most refused to run a Cunliffe centric campaign is something he can point to as a reason why it is the Labour caucus that is out of step with the membership and the country.


– Laura Walters, Stuff

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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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