No Sh*t Shylock quits Labour Party

If there is one overarching issue that the Labour party faces is that it can’t get rid of people that don’t want to quit.  Remarkably, one of he lowest grade candidates (debatable?) has resigned saving his party a lot of headaches

Former Labour Rangitata electorate candidate Steve Gibson has quit the party after being threatened with expulsion, saying he wants to be a “normal person” again.

Gibson said he left after receiving the ultimatum from a Labour Party campaign member on Saturday.

He had earlier argued about candidate gender quotas on the Twitter website with Labour supporters whom he described as a “lefty hatesquad” of “penny annie [sic] toytown tools”. Although Gibson admitted he had brought criticism on himself from the people he had called “twitter twats”, he believed he “did the best with what I had” in his electorate contest, where incumbent MP Jo Goodhew’s majority more than doubled.

In a written statement, Gibson thanked the 8156 voters who preferred him as their candidate. The campaign had taught him an important lesson: “Be careful what you say.”

Gibson probably never had the right skill set to be a politician, but at least you weren’t left wondering what he was thinking.  He’s the sort of guy that would put the knife in your front.  

Party leader David Cunliffe refused to support Gibson after he described Prime Minister John Key as “Shonky Jonkey Shylock”, criticised Cunliffe’s “Mr Soft-arse softly softly” approach to the election campaign and made a series of strongly worded criticisms of government policy.

Gibson now disavows any association with the Labour Party.

He said: “I do not need a cabal of strangers with their cadres of disingenuous stooges to stroke my ego.”

He suggested Christchurch East MP Poto Williams would be a good candidate to lead the party, which he said needed to involve “middle New Zealand”.

“She’s a young Maori married woman with kids”.

However absurd that may appear, how could it possibly be worse than what Labour are facing now?

Via Stuff

Via Stuff

Poto would be perfect in a way.  Market her as a Maori Helen Clark.

It would be a real, ahem, game changer.


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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.  And 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 that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.

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