Mr Nasty pays a visit
Shearer’s extraordinary outburst last night on NZs favourite redneck TV, The Paul Henry Show, is a reminder of all that is wrong within the Labour Caucus right now…
He said the current calls for a female or Maori deputy leader to balance out the white, middle-aged men running as leader was one sign of that obsession. “People are saying we’ll have a white bloke for a leader so we need a woman or Maori as deputy. No. We need the most competent person whether that’s woman or a man. That speaks a lot about the party.”
…Shearer may as well have worn a ‘No Feminist Chicks allowed’ T-Shirt and demanded that it was time for the girls to get back into the kitchen and Maori and PI voters learn their place. The belief inside Labour is that they lost contact with the middle Nu Zilind voter and the middle Nu Zilind voter wants boiled meat and three vege politics and all this gender equality crap only serves to make blokes choke on their mince pies down at the sports club.
The activist base, who were begged to stand by the Party over the previous two losses under the pretence that they will have their political concerns included and championed by a more democratic approach to selecting the leader will view these comments with rage and it gives a real idea as to how toxic the Caucus has turned.
No wonder Cunliffe simply walked away from it all.
Watching Shearer twist the knife is a sick joke. Demanding Cunliffe resign altogether from Parliament is the kind of disgraceful kick in the guts Russel Norman indulges in when someone is down. Is Shearer a Labour Party MP or Ben Flower giving the the bash to a player on the ground?
Labour is safe in the knowledge that with the Greens galloping to the centre, their activist base has no where to go, what Shearer is articulating is the end of progressive visionary politics and a return to the low horizon of bloke grunts.
The mainstream media in NZ won’t allow a Labour leader who can actually change things, they want a pacified Leader who will act as a mere manager. Forget the bias the media showed Labour, forget the weird election, forget the demonisation of Kim Dotcom, it was all apparently being ‘too left wing’ and focused on ‘special interests’.
What is most hilarious about that last part, is that it is National who is the Party of special interests – Sky City special interests, Federated Farmer special interests, Corporation special interests and the interests of the most wealthy. Labour are not focused on ‘special interests’, they are focused on social justice, but the mainstream media will never acknowledge that and rather than challenge that false narrative structure, Shearer is more than happy to play to it.
What the Labour Caucus are asking is their activists support them because they know best and shelve all the left wing middle class pretensions. With the Greens attempting the same political foot work, progressive voters have little else to do but disconnect in disgust or do as they are told.
It is up to the 4* candidates to decide what direction Labour now heads in.
*Nanaia Mahuta now standing