Big Bob Reid over at First Union almost made Duncan Garner orgasm on the AM Show this morning after Big Bob’s roasting of Labour by claiming NZ First was the tail wagging the dog because Uncle Money Shane Jones was deciding what cash could go where in the regions.
First Union ‘worried’ about NZ First’s dominance over Labour
First Union has expressed concern over what it sees as NZ First’s growing influence in the Government.
Labour’s plan to repeal the three strikes law was canned because of objections from NZ First and more recently, Winston Peters has thrown plans to double the refugee quota up in the air.
First Union President Robert Reid said New Zealand First has got everything it wanted from the coalition agreement, especially on important issues like immigration.
“I guess we are a bit worried in the union… [about] the dominance on a number of issues that is coming from New Zealand First,” he told The AM Show.
“It seems to be that everything that got tied down that New Zealand First wanted in the coalition agreement, Labour is going along with.
“But if it wasn’t in that agreement, the major party in some ways is being dictated to by the minor party simply because it requires those numbers to put things including industrial legislation, including migration [through].”
…this of course led to Tova O’Brien gleefully seizing upon this to paint Jacinda as weak…
Newshub Political Editor Tova O’Brien said it was a bad sign for Labour that a union was voicing concern about the Government.
“We’ve been seeing these flashpoints between the governing partners but for one of Labour’s bedfellows, the unions, to now be speaking out against [Labour]… this is next level,” she said.
…let’s be honest about this whole ‘NZ First is the tail that is wagging Jacinda’s dog’ talking point shall we?
In the first 5 days of negotiation, the Labour Party Mandarins in Wellington were so terrified of what Winston wanted to do to the hegemonic neoliberal economic frame work they did everything they could to stop a deal from happening, Winston has waited to regain power for a decade, he knew exactly what he wanted when he went into those negotiating rounds and Labour had very little idea of what it wanted.
How is it Winston’s fault that he negotiated such a good deal?
How is NZ First to be blamed for the total lack of vision missing from Labour?
What is being highlighted here is not the strength of NZ First but the total weakness of Labour’s own actual vision. Labour still have zero response to the neoliberal economic settings of NZ.
Labour are rushing around creating dozens of inquiries because their own philosophical position is a joke post Rodger Douglas’s free market radicalisation.
This isn’t a case of the quick brown NZ First jumping over the lazy red Labour, it’s more a case the lazy red Labour has no idea there is a fox, that it is jumping or has a functioning idea of what gravity is or how it works.
If Labour knew what it wanted this wouldn’t be an issue.