The rumour mill is swirling that NZ Labour are about to anoint former Police cheerleader Greg O’Connor a Labour Party MP who will look to knock out Peter Dunne, (the MP who made Helen Kelly a criminal), in the marginal electorate of Ohariu.
How Green Party voters are supposed to vote for a right wing thug like O’Connor will be a huge ask for the Memorandum of Understanding.
It’s a smart move for a Labour Party that has moved further and further to the right on law and order as it senses the electorate might be turning and no one should forget that Labour in office last time helped build the Prison Empire we are now shackled with.
Labour can do redneck law and order bullshit just as well as ACT, National and NZ First can.
O’Connor could prove to be the perfect candidate however. Hard enough to keep the lynch mobs happy he could also surprise if he announces he’s standing to help shepard through Parliament a brand new legislative structure to regulate cannabis.
Quietly behind the scenes, Cannabis supporters have challenged O’Connor privately on his hard line against cannabis and he was recently in America talking with US Police forces that have legalised cannabis to see the result. Apparently it was a very eye opening event for O’Connor and he has changed his position radically.
If Labour can bring a former tough on crime Police cheerleader into the fold to legislate for cannabis in the electorate seat held by an MP who refused to legalise medicinal cannabis and forced Helen Kelly to be a criminal, that would be a political coup.
If that Greg O’Connor doesn’t turn up for Labour, then his appointment will simply be Labour’s final mutation into National lite.