Thank God Shane Jones is selling out and taking a job for National…
Shane Jones to leave Labour, set to work with Murray McCully
Shane Jones is quitting Parliament and the Labour Party, and there is a job already lined up for him – a job offer from the National Government.
Nothing is signed and sealed, but the job is as ‘Pacific Economic Ambassador’ – a position created by Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully. Prime Minister John Key is also aware of the job offer.
…my personal fear with Jones was always that at some stage (probably 2 weeks out from the election) some nasty right wing blog would leak some of the rumours that were always swirling around Jones over the Bill Liu case. With Jones leaving, he’s National’s problem now.
“But Shane was a colourful sexist anti-green porn watching machine, Labour will be devastated!”, Yeah-nah, I think Labour will do just fine.
The other positive here is for the Green/Labour relationship. Jones’ love affair for picking fights with the Greens was one of the largest impediments to that political relationship working, with Jones gone, the Greens and Labour can work on being friends again.
The claims by right wing pundits that this is a huge blow to Labour’s working class cred is just wishful thinking. Working class people know the relief of a haemorrhoid being surgically removed, losing Shane Jones is no different to that.
The negative is to Jones himself. Knowledge that a senior ranking Nat donated to his leadership campaign on top of this puts his last year with Labour in question in terms of his ultimate loyalty. Was he disruptive on purpose? Was he unbelievably sexist just for shits and giggles? Was he picking fights with the Greens on purpose? Was he purely a destabilising element?
Good riddance I say.
PS - Dear Murray McCully – please give Trevor Mallard a job as well.