We have to face some very unpalatable home truths.
If you are a left wing political person, best you put your vote now to the Green Party, although you’ll have to do that all the while the Greens frantically tell you they aren’t a left wing party.
You’ll have to do that because the political left is dead in Labour. The right wing of the Labour Party have poisoned the chalice and it’s time for Cunliffe to stand down and allow them to appoint the new ‘centrist’ team to take over. It’s not a case of ‘can Cunliffe win the membership and affiliate vote’ – he certainly could. The fury many members and affiliates feel watching the Caucus sit on their hands and openly defy Cunliffe is being vented everywhere, but the reality is, even if Cunliffe won, the ‘centrist’ Caucus would still refuse to play ball. That means Key wins again in 2017.
I asked yesterday, is Labour a modern democratic political party whose members and affiliates have an active say in the shape and direction of the Party, or are they merely a political management team who work to not spook the corporate forces of capitalism when National get tired of Government?
Turns out they are the latter.
We have to accept that the mainstream media won’t allow a Labour leader who is going to actually change things to ever get anywhere near power, so we have to give them a leader they can at least tolerate.
I’ve always referred to NZers as sleepy hobbits. After the result on Saturday, that’s charitable. We are a passionless people frightened of eclipses. Pundits claiming Kim Dotcom was big money impacting the election obviously didn’t see the wall to wall National Party advertising on stuff.co.nz and NZ Herald the week before the election.
THAT’S big money in politics. That Kim Doctom radicalised people into rushing out and voting National when it was Kim who was entrapped, beaten up, all property seized and illegally spied on for America is proof positive how easy it is to spook a NZer with their own shadow.
So let’s give the sleepy hobbits what they want, uncomplicated boiled meat and 3 vege politics led by Cameron Slater’s mate, Stuart Nash as leader and Grant Robertson as deputy. Grant will be there to reassure the PSA and EPMU that they don’t need to do much and Stuart to reconnect with the ‘average’ NZer in a way that never threatens the mainstream media’s corporate masters or our neoliberal overlords. Put Goff in as shadow trade minister so America knows its TPPA will get signed, Shearer in as Foreign Affairs so America knows it can get whatever it wants and Jacinda Ardern somewhere on the front bench so it can pretend to be liberal and gender balanced.
The 5 horse people of the mediocrity.
Stuart Nash has all the ambition of a piranha in a feeding frenzy and this should be his top 6 start list for becoming leader of NZ.
1 – Start referring to himself immediately as ‘The Nashy’
2 – Speargun a large fish over Summer, preferably an endangered Tuna so that he can start having a fight with the Greens. Hunting something with a social media photo of him standing over whatever he has killed would also suffice.
3 – Kick a ball around with some All Blacks.
4 – Pick more fights with the Greens over climate change and oil drilling.
5 – Dump all that complicated girl stuff like gender equality, rape culture, maternity leave, and social justice as that complicated girl stuff makes the blokes down at the sports bar choke on their mince pies.
6 – Bash the bennies and make Cameron Slater’s other mate inside Caucus, Kelvin Davis, make some derogatory remarks about Maori and violence all under the guise of ‘manning up’ and confronting domestic abuse.
Those 6 will probably be enough to win a landslide.
So where does that leave those NZers who are passionately left wing? Do we give up? Certainly not, we just accept that the Labour Party won’t be the vehicle for that social change. Where will the pressure come from to force that social change onto the political spectrum? I’m sure some people are working on that question right now.