Robertson is losing the argument already



One commenter in the morning debate stated:

Has Robertson stopped to consider that the fact he has to say “Judge me on my policies” means that he’s already lost the battle.

Labour really are in trouble – the only leadership contenders are Cunners, and a bloke who has ruled himself unpalatable to the public before he’s started.

He’s dead right.

We already know the form of David Cunliffe, and now we are waiting to hear what Grant Robertson has to offer the Labour party, and all he can say is “judge me on my policies”.

Which policies Grant? You have never outlined which are your personal policies.  

Labour leadership hopeful Grant Robertson is relaxed about David Cunliffe supporters raising the issue of him being gay but he does not believe it will be a factor in their vote.

“There may well be some people who raise that. That’s fine. But that’s not where I think I’ll be judged.

“I’ll be judged, I’m sure, on my ability to reflect Labour values,” he said last night.

He said he was not defined by his sexuality.

“It’s an aspect of who I am just as I like rugby and drink beer and a few other things.”

Mr Robertson, the MP for Wellington Central, declared his intention to seek the leadership when David Cunliffe gave notice on Saturday that he would resign tomorrow and seek a new mandate.

What a fool. By even mentioning his sexuality he has brought into the debate.

You have to admire Grant Robertson, though, for having a good line on being a poofter.

He is going for the same pitch as people like Stuart Nash and Kelvin Davis are going for….”Vote for me I drink beer, play rugby and root women”…the only problem for Robbo is he probably drinks shandy, only watches rugby and roots blokes.

Worse still he has decided to define sexuality as a personal choice like watching rugby over league, and drinking beer over wine or spirits.

It’s an aspect of who I am just as I like rugby and drink beer and a few other things.

If it is just an aspect why didn’t he just add on the end, instead of saying he liked a few other things, some thing like “oh…and sleeping with men, it’s not like that is outrageous or anything, more than 50% of the population likes sleeping with men, it’s just who we are.”

So Robbo really only gets one and a half out of three on the “Drink Beer, Play Rugby, Root Women” trifecta. He should turn out for the parliamentary rugby team to prove that he is really in touch with middle New Zealand, not just his feminine side.

One of the issues at the heart of the contest is likely to be which candidate would have the widest appeal to middle New Zealand.

Precisely. Neither Cunliffe or Robertson match that.

One of them has a massaged CV, lives in a multi-million dollar do-up in one of the leafy suburbs while standing for an electorate miles away and the other is a cardy wearing, beltway poof who has never had a real job, whose CV is thinner than Nikki Kaye’s CV.

They are hardly representative of middle New Zealand. Ask anyone if they’d like to have a beer with either of them.


– NZ Herald

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