No-one should deny this blow-up but to me, this is a reflection of the wounds and grief that each Labour MP is feeling just now and I expect yesterday's caucus meeting would have been very explosive and full of emotion. This events should have been expected and are necessary to 'clear the air'.
Now, given that I do not expect the caucus to remain so-called divided after a period of reflection, put past grievances behind them and agree a path forward
Well said Russell with a couple of things I would add.
Looking at Paddy last night and the Stuff headlines this morning there is simply too many sensational and misleading headlines/comments when battles arise. The pundit may feel better but it does the public a disservice
Labour is right to shut all comment down for as long as possible just to take the heat out of the current situation. The media will hate it but there may be a chance of quiet assessment and analysis coming from this period. Let's hope so.
FWIW, I thought Cunliffe was the best guy to take on Key, a view I still hold. I recognize the scale of the defeat and the leader needs to be accountable, but there are other bigger issues the party has to address as well. This is not the time for knee-jerk reactions, instead it should take time to analyse and consider.
Nothing much to add to the overall despair of these comments. I am too disgusted that such evil, underhand and illegal behaviour can be swept away by the PM and not being held to account by the NZ public.
Gibson said in this morning's radio i/v he repeated what a constituted said to him, not understanding the full background of the term.
BTW I know the word but I didn't realise the sensitive meaning of it either.
This Gibson case doesn't dismay me as much as the party activists who publicly criticize and undermine the leadership and party itself. All this does is show the public Labour is disunited. The leadership was selected by a very democratic process and all members, including MPs, are obliged to get behind them.
Gibson did not understand the full implications of what he said. However, these opinionated party members are supposedly no fools but somehow they still want a National government.
I'm 60 and remember how Piggy and National pulled every lever to divide the country and stay in power. Rob's Mob - if you weren't for us you must be against us. I see similarities in the current lot's strategy with #Teamkey
Towards the end, his Cabinet and party wouldn't stand up to him as he drove this country into bankruptcy, and I will never forgive National for that. Funnily enough though, I always felt economically secure with Muldoon but all that disappeared after '84. Maybe that was the reason NZ became bankrupt.
I view 84-87 Labour as a necessary period of adjustment out of national bankruptcy and loved Lange's rhetoric at the time. But the 88-90 period was a time of intra-party fighting when the Douglas/Prebble zealots tried to take over. They left to find their rightful place in Act and Labour tried to return to its social democratic roots.
Yes selling this policy will be a test of Labour. Already you can see commentary focussing on the individual - costlier clothes, not knowing what my future Kiwisaver contribution will be, govt changing my contribution rate.
The staus-quo is unsustainable and this looks like a innovative policy that, combined with previously announced policies, will help address the problems of a high current account deficit, over-valued exchange rate, low investment in the tradeable sector.
The electorate/media still focusses on individuals - the Labour leadership and the many stumbles made. To move that focus to these complex, while integrated, policies will be a true test. This is Labour's last chance.
Supposedly, because KDC can make the PM's life uncomfortable, maybe even prove he lied, this is just another smear to discredit KDC courtesy of Whaleoil and picked up by the MSM.
Great article and sister Russell. I can imagine how hard it will be without her when you celebrate Christmas with your mum for the first time.
As far as I'm concerned 2013 has been a real b**ch of a year, too many deaths of close friends and most dearest, my brother, who was my only close family member I had left. Thank God I still have my wife and her family.