Labour’s anemic Conference limped home with the usual disappointment. When Covid overshadows what is even the point right?
Anyway, winners + losers = Labour conference.
Jacinda – what possible other option is there? She towers over all her Caucus and has more control over the Party than Helen Clark ever did. Simon Bridges claimed last week that Jacinda was here for a good time not a long time, the truth is Jacinda is hyper aware of how long it takes to change things and her focus is 4 terms. She ain’t off to the UN for another 8 years.
Party Mandarins – By changing the leadership voting system the Party kill off any possible left populist candidate who might be very popular amongst Labour members but who threatens higher taxes or challenges free market capitalism. It’s the same leash the Democrats use to stop anyone becoming Leader of Labour who will actually threaten the status quo. Rob Salmon finally gets to strangle off democracy!
Beneficiaries and the poor – Labour could pump tens of billions into the speculative property market that spiked house prices but they can do sweet fuck all for the poorest amongst us! A $5 per week lift in some benefits NEXT YEAR is a bitter slap in the face from a political party that sells its compassion as cheaply as a drug addict in debt.
Party members – removing their ability to elect the leader is an act of extreme arrogance that could only be perpetrated on Labour members because only Labour members will put up with this bullshit.
None of this will matter because right now Jacinda is being judged on this Christmas.
This Christmas will be an incredibly political one.
We will all universally canvas our experience of this year’s Christmas and judge Jacinda’s Delta strategy according to that experience and because Christmas is such a uniquely fixed feature of our lives in NZ, that expression of experience will be emotionally supercharged like a cocaine dealer on meth.
This Christmas we will face a cacophony of social wounds screaming for social media hierarchy as the Season of Good Will mutates into a political Season of Fuck, Marry, Kill.
For the double Vaxxed Aucklanders desperate to get out of 16 weeks of de facto house arrest, nothing short of a smooth ride to the bach will be a success.
For Maori setting up road blocks to stop those Aucklanders, every one through is a loss.
The unvaccinated who can’t travel will see a very Nazi Christmas.
The woke will see a ‘modern genocide’ that equates to the Squid Games.
For the Government, they pray to the little baby Jesus in the manger that their 90% vaccination strategy doesn’t overwhelm the hospital system.
Retailers close to financial collapse will only celebrate if a weary and Covid nervous consumer braves the malls.
Food shortages from panic buying will leave many hungry and mass Christmas events for the poor will be cancelled for fear of super spreader events.
If Christmas this year falls short of expectations, Jacinda will be blamed regardless and no one will care what she did at conference.
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