30 months of unity folks.
The jaw dropping naivety of Labour Youth, the Identitarians and the Professional Wellington Outrage Clique to ruin that unity over Labour’s broadening of their appeal to the working classes Labour need to win is just surreal
It’s middle class identity politic aesthetics vs the reality of how you win an election. It’s almost as if these people would prefer to purify the Party than win the election.
Catriona MacLennan’s extraordinary attack on white men and the working classes in the Herald this week in the wake of the attempted destabilisation of Little’s Leadership highlights just how deep the resentment runs.
Rating the start to the political year, Bill English scores 8 out of 10; Andrew Little 2.
Little started higher, after his state of the nation speech, held jointly with the Greens.
He spruced himself up, and delivered a good speech at an event that went off flawlessly as a piece of political theatre to show a sense of cohesion on the centre-left.
But the rebellion over Willie Jackson has damaged Little and Labour in a way that won’t blow over in a week.
Little’s greatest accomplishment as leader – successfully instilling the need for party discipline – counted for nothing, and the chips weren’t even down.
The rebellion has three consequences: after all that hard work, Labour again looks like a party divided, Little looks like a leader who cannot lead his own party – which is all the more damaging when his attack line against English this year is that he is a prime minister but not a leader – and it alienates voters who identity with Willie Jackson.
It says to them that if Willie Jackson doesn’t belong to Labour, nor do they.
New Zealand First and Winston Peters and Shane Jones will be the beneficiaries.
“The average person doesn’t know about all the intricacies of what’s happening. They just know I’ve put my hand up and I’ve been really encouraged with support on the street, people ringing and asking how can they help.
“You might be surprised but it’s been an encouraging week given what’s happened.”
…the middle class Labour Youth (The ‘Purifiers’), the middle class Wellington Union Comms cliques and the Identitarians won’t like it, but working class men and urban Maori who have felt alienated by these types see Little staring that faction down and pushing Willie Jacksons candidacy as a new welcome mat into the Party.
If the tiny but incredibly vocal Labour Youth, middle class Wellington Union Comms cliques and the Identitarians don’t like it, they can go vote for the Greens while Labour appeals to the far larger urban Maori and working class men voting blocs who have stopped voting altogether.
By refusing to back down to this middle class rebellion, Andrew Little looks stauncher and more secure than ever before.
Watching Identitarians online now claiming it was a ‘process’ problem within Labour and that it wasn’t their outrageous response is bullshit. Virtue signalling and outrage Olympics don’t win elections, welcoming more people into a Political Party does.