Labour voter Bob Jones on Labour’s fortunes

Bob never sugarcoats

Two months ago I wrote that the election was done and dusted and that Cunliffe, the most disliked political leader in this country’s history, loathed by his caucus but foisted on them by extremist elements controlling the party, was leading Labour into a terrible disaster.

I suggested caucus should change the leader then and there if they were to save their party from a catastrophic outcome. That produced a flood of bitter abuse from their nasty bloggers, cowardly hiding behind pseudonyms, accusing me of being a die-hard National voter.

I last voted National in 1981 but did so this time with gusto, although giving Trevor Mallard my candidate vote.

Serial apologiser Cunliffe should put aside his sorrow at being a man and do the manly thing, namely apologise to his battered party and resign, as convention demands.

But behaving honourably was alien to Cunliffe who instead blamed the Hager sneak and Dotcom for distracting voters, ignoring the fact that he happily endorsed their nonsense at the time, plus their efforts plainly didn’t distract National voters.

Both Dotcom and Hager would be deified by the left had their plan actually worked out.   It might have, had they not overegged the pudding so much.  

A party that produced the two greatest reforming 20th century governments, namely in 1935 and 1984, has now been brought to its knees by Cunliffe.

It was a wonderful night of jubilation, rising to euphoria when the worst ratbag ever to grace Parliament, namely Hone Harawira, was excised from the public purse, inducing cheers across the land.

Hone has been a blight on everyone except his privileged few in the far north.   But taking Dotcom’s bribe was the end of that.

And for once Winston’s ploy of pre-election non-alignment bounced on him. Refusing to express a preference as he triennially does, is solely because it leaves him immune from attack by the main parties during the campaign, while he can lash out at everyone with gay abandonment.

People didn’t want Winston to be the kingmaker.   Had he not overplayed his hand, he may actually have been one.  A rare miscalculation by one of our most instinctive politicians ever.

Nevertheless, he can thank Labour’s collapse for allowing him another 34 months of hibernation, but never again glorified foreign travel, ministerial limousines and the other baubles of office he, like all politicians, covets. His rage at the result said it all.

Against expectations the Greens lost a seat. Their main problem is that today everyone’s green which leads them to adopt unacceptable extremes.

More important, green issues should be neither left nor right yet they unabashedly align themselves with the left. They’re on a hiding to nothing with this association, going down when Labour sink and being swept aside when Labour are in the ascendancy.

Listening to Metiria Turei explaining on National Radio a few days before the election, how she and Russel Norman would become joint deputy Prime Minister after the election, left me incredulous. She’s a jolly and likeable lady but desperately out of touch.

Greenness is a pan-political issue.  To try and make it the righteous preserve of the left is always going to limit the party to 10-12% of the general vote.

The idea for the Greens to reach out to National for a grande coalition was quickly rubbished – showing that once again, the Greens are a communist/Marxist party with a light green patina that only gets paraded around election time.


– NZ Herald

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