I love how the mainstream media claim Cunliffe is a political charlatan who isn’t really left wing, yet the leader of the right wing faction of Labour leaves because Shane knows the change in direction beneath the surface is real. Why aren’t the political pundit headlines “We were wrong, Cunliffe really is left wing”?
Shane was lazy at the best of times. His half hearted joke attempt at Tāmaki Makaurau last election was a shocker and Pita Sharples should never have won. He had even less support amongst Caucus as his failed leadership bid proved and apart from his ability to amuse from time to time, he is hardly the great loss some have weeped openly for.
If ‘being a character’ means you are a sexist, anti-environmental head kicker, then we need far better measures of character. The idea that Labour will lose connection with the ‘working class’ because they don’t have an identifiably sexist MP is the projection of pundit bigotry, not insight.
There are of course still rumours swirling in regards to the Bill Liu case and if they ever surface all the wailing and gnashing of teeth from some would change pretty bloody quickly.
The idea that Shane would take up a grubby deal with McCully where aid to the Pacific will be used to create profit opportunities for local elites rather than alleviate poverty are as questionable as leadership donations to Shane by oil and gas industry representatives and National Party heavyweights.
Seeing as one of the most crucial relationships next Government will be the Green-Labour one, Shane’s attack shows how septic he had become.
Maori deserve a better leader than this, Labour deserve a better leader than this and progressive voters deserve a better leader than this.
Let’s acknowledge this for what it really is, a clever deceitful Machiavellian move by a National Party seeking to damage the Opposition via a person who had already abandoned the values of the Party he had been elected to serve.
In the end, none of this crap matters. What matters is 285 000 children in poverty, what matters is social inequality, what matters is jobs created in an economy that is working for all NZers, not just property speculative baby boomers and those who aspire to be property speculative baby boomers.
Those people want to know what David Cunliffe’s Labour Party will do to help them make the ends meet each week, and beyond House of Card/Game of Thrones distractions by the National Party, John Key has shallow solutions to those issues.
Some will cry for Shane leaving. I certainly won’t.