Rosemary Mcleod on Labour’s Dirty Politics downfall

It amuses me no end that all the leftie commentators are still trying to externalise the reason for Labour’s dramatic loss.  Third time in a row, and it is still nothing to do with their own people and organisation.   Nope, it’s the well resourced and maddeningly efficient dirty politics machine run by the National Party.

I voted Labour – out of nostalgia, though I knew it would fare badly.

It’s not the Labour Party it used to be, it probably will never be again, but, as with a stray kitten wailing at your door on a cold day, I felt sorry for it.

Next on the agenda, Labourites will devour each other, I expect, and patch together a new kind of beast using the bones and hair and toenails that remain. It’s a bit sad. And as for the Left of the Left, what mean-spirited people they turned out to be – about as mean-spirited as the forces of darkness on the Right that we were invited to condemn, only the Left is always just that little bit more pious.

Who could forget the sweeping grande-dame gestures of Laila Harre on Dotcom’s “big reveal” night last week at the Auckland Town Hall, when she fair glittered in the dazzling headlights of power? She channelled Gloria Swanson in Sunset Boulevard, with her delusional “I’m ready for my close-up, Mr de Mille”.

The big guy’s not wrong when he admits he was toxic for the Internet-Mana Party. Actually he’s toxic for New Zealand. We don’t admire personal feuds and personalised attacks on this scale in our part of the world, and to tag it on to a general election was too much.

Dotcom’s squeals of pleasure, as his tame speakers attacked John Key, would have turned many stomachs, not just mine. They knew nothing about Key that could justify their attack on his character, and the only good thing about their display of viciousness ended up being that it perversely gave a landslide victory to Key at the end of the most bizarre campaign I can remember.

Who would have thought Harre and that martyr of all Left-wing causes, John Minto, would be enticed by big bucks?

There are very few lefties that aren’t for sale.  A lot of lefties are left because they want more of other people’s money.  What Harre and Harawira did is totally consistent with this.  It is yet another disconnect, where the left lie to themselves about being altruistic egalitarians, when, given the chance, they would rake it in and keep it for themselves.  

Even the sainted Nicky Hager, who the overseas speakers lauded for his series of indignant publications, is tainted by the campaign waged against Key. It was a cynical and calculated gesture to publish his book so close to an election, hoping to derail National’s predicted chances. He managed to knock Judith Collins out of the running, and WhaleOil will never look so beguiling again, but he doesn’t look any cleaner for it. When you’re praised by the kind of crowd that whooped and hollered in the Auckland Town Hall you’re not in classy company. At least he had the good sense not to be present.

I hope this election will clean up some distasteful aspects of political behaviour. I’m meaning here the fun and games that National’s so-called helpers had giving WhaleOil gossipy titbits for his blog.

Jason Ede had to go, and has. Collins will fight another day, nothing surer. And as for me, I’ve had enough of the narcissism of bloggers who get stuck on the idea that what they think and do really matters to most New Zealanders. We proved in this election that we’re fair-minded people who come through with strong common sense when it matters.

Yes, even the  “sainted Nicky Hager” can’t get away from the stench of hypocrisy.  The book sold about $500,000 worth, so Hager and Potton will be more than pleased with this result in the space of… 6 weeks?

I have no problem with the fact Rosemary doesn’t care about what I think.  What matters is that my readers care what I think.

So far, it seems we’re on the side of the good guys, as well as the winners.   Bit hard to argue with that, but boy, do they try!


– The Dominion Post

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