Has the NZ Herald never heard of Jenny Shipley?

The NZ Herald had a piece yesterday about all of Labour leaders in the past 6 years.

I thought the piece might be interesting until I saw the first line.


11 November: Resignation of Helen Clark, after serving three consecutive terms since being elected as New Zealand’s first woman Prime Minister in 1999.

If they can’t get basic facts right in the first line then that doesn’t hold much confidence for the accuracy of the rest of the article.

Jenny Shipley was New Zealands first woman Prime Minister and no amount of re-writing history or weasel words can take that away from her. Oh sure the media and their pals in Labour like to say Helen Clark was the first “elected” Prime Minister but that is just pathetic semantics. We don’t elect our Prime Ministers in New Zealand, we never have and never will. There is no separate ballot for Prime Minister.

The rest of the article looks at the lengthening list of Labour’s failed leaders from Clark to Cunliffe, all slain in battle by Phil Goff, with the only exception being David Shearer, who nicked himself to death before finally falling on his dropped sword.

On present performance and the fact that Labour’s talent pool is as shallow as a car-park puddle expect the list of lonesome losers to grow.

Labour is in disarray and the one person they can actually blame is Helen Clark.

I’ve said this for years, and no one really was listening, mainly because there is still this abiding belief within Labour that Helen Clark was a saint.

She wasn’t, she was actually a narcissistic control freak who ruled with an iron fist.

She created the problem that Labour is currently experiencing. It is her legacy that Labour now suffers from a Decade of Dysfunction.

There was no way she could contemplate even the remotest of challenges.

In order to prevent that she implemented selection strategies and gathered around her candidates so ordinary that she shone. She massaged their egos, told them they were great and the fools believed her.

She had people from the gay lobby, the maori lobby, the wimmins lobby and the union lobby. She kept them on short leashes, snarling at each other but never able to bite. In doing so she ensured that there were never enough numbers to challenge her. She played one faction off against the other and maintained control.

The day she stepped down and handed the poisoned chalice to Phil Goff is the day that control of the factions ended. Her dirt files went with her to New York.

Labour has floundered ever since, their caucus filled with mediocre and inept middle managers with no life experience.

She turned the Labour party into the party workers party, friendly to the poofs, the lazy, the losers, the bludgers and the criminal classes. But totally unrepresentative of wider New Zealand.

Their 24% reflects the collection of single issue interest groups and no more. Labour has ceased to hold a wide appeal any longer.

Labour is dead and it was Helen Clark who poisoned it.


– NZ Herald

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