My thoughts on David Shearer’s resignation…
So David Shearer could no longer stomach the infighting and back-room dealing going on within the Labour party. He’s decided to chuck in the leadership and let someone else do the job.
Fair enough. His life; his call. Who knows, one day, after another decade of experience, he’ll return with a vengeance and be the best Prime Minister since [insert name here].
In the meantime, I make this comment to the Labour Caucus…
Decide on who your new leader will be and then get on with the job. Put an end to back-room dealings, whisperings, and undermining each other. Because whilst 1,000,000 New Zealanders voted for National – 3,400,000 did not. And things are getting pretty dire in this country.
We have a Prime Minister who – as Russell Norman correctly pointed out – is becoming more Muldoonesque with each passing day. We have National ministers trampling on our rights; flogging off our assets; turning the country into a Surveillance State; giving millions away in corporate welfare – whilst bashing the most vulnerable in this country.
The country needs a united opposition.
That means a Labour-Greens (NZ First?) coalition aiming it’s sights at the Nats and working as a government-in-waiting. Labour-Greens need to look determined to hit the ground running.
We cannot afford to have Labour MPs engaging in ego-driven pissing contests whilst the Tories keep screwing this country.
Because if you can’t do the job, we’ll be stuck with another three, six, nine, whatever years of National who will corporatise this country. The rich will get richer, the poor will get poorer, and the Middle Classes will send their kids of to Australia.
So. Choose your new Leader.
And get on with it!
= fs =