Is there a third candidate? A compromise?

With Labour’s leadership stoush underway now there are stark choices.

There is the unelectable David Cunliffe, a man so unpopular he has to hire relatives for advisors. Up against him is another unelectable candidate, Grant Robertson.

It is fine to get yourself elected by the luvvies of Wellington Central and quite another thing altogether to win the nation over.

Wellington Central is no New Zealand.

David Cunliffe has already proven himself as an electoral turn off.

He claimed that the more the electorate got to see him the more we’d love him.

Well he won 2 out of three o the debates and the electorate did get to see him. He was weighed and measured and found wanting.

If Dirty Politics hadn’t consumed 4 weeks of the campaign I suspect David Cunliffe would have delivered an even worse result.

If David Cunliffe is re-elected leader I predict that the fall out from Dirty Politics will claim his leadership in any case in just a few months.

Both candidates are essentially useless.

Is there a third candidate? 

Someone who can unite the party, someone who wants to untie the party?

I’m not sure that is even possible.

One thing the third candidate would have to do though if they were successful would be to take some heads.

One from each faction would send the right message.

The problem is though that most of the heads that need putting on pikes are electorate MPs and that is fraught with danger.

The only two candidates for ritual disembowelment and decapitation are Clayton Cosgrove and Sue Moroney.

Clayton Cosgrove is a signed up member of the ABCs. But he is also a bully boy and a prick who no one really likes. He never really measured up to the legacy of Mike Moore and he campaigned relentlessly for himself in the election and not the party vote. He should be told to leave immediately, never to grace the opposition benches again. that is the cost of being a failed ABC.

Sue Moroney can also be decapitated.

All she has ever done is increase National MPs majorities by standing against them. She is thoroughly unlikeable, so much so even her well heeled family have little to do with her. She has a perpetual sneer affixed to what resembles her face. For someone from a rural background she has developed a bovine personality second to none. She needs to be the scalp to settle down the Cunliffe crowd.

If the third candidate can unite and then take those two heads then they might just have something with which to start the re-build of the broken and shattered Labour party.

Failure to take some heads and set an example will simply embolden the plotters to try again.

Labour is in trouble and needs drastic solutions to even begin with a re-build.


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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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