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A Study in Party Stability

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In terms of long-term stability, one party above stands above all others, with the exception of personality-driven groups such as NZ First and United Future. That party is the Greens.

If the Labour Party wants to look elsewhere for solutions to their problems, they need only walk down the coridor at Parliament and knock on the doors to Metiria Turei and Russell Norman.

The Greens’ record speaks for itself…

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2008

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2008 - Labour - Clarke - Cullen - Greens - Fitzsimons - Norman

(L-R) Helen Clarke – Michael Cullen – Jeanette Fitzsimons (retired 2009) – Russell Norman

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2009

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(L-R) Phil Goff - Anette King - Metiria Turei - Russell Norman

(L-R) Phil Goff – Annette King – Metiria Turei – Russell Norman

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2011.

2011 - Labour - Shearer - Robertson - Greens - Turei - Norman

(L-R) David Shearer – Grant Robertson – Metiria Turei – Russell Norman

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2013.

 

(L-R) David Cunliffe - David Parker - Metiria Turei - Russell Norman

(L-R) David Cunliffe – David Parker – Metiria Turei – Russell Norman

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2014.

 

(L-R) ? - ? - Metiria Turei - Russell Norman

(L-R) ? – ? – Metiria Turei – Russell Norman

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2017 .

(L-R) ? - ? - Metiria Turei - Russell Norman

(L-R) ? – ? – Metiria Turei – Russell Norman

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In the meantime, Labour’s ritual post-election  self-flagellation and purging of their leadership damages their standing in the public’s eye even further. The words I’ve been hearing in the last 48 hours are “clowns”, idiots”, and a few others that are unmentionable around kids.

If the Labour caucus don’t support their own leader – especially when times are tough – why should they expect the voting public to take their  leadership choices seriously? After all, with four leaders gone in six years, it would appear to be a temporary position at best.

The only thing that Labour is proving by it’s actions is that it cannot cope with defeat; cannot build positively; and most important – will not support it’s elected leader when he needs it the most. Not exactly an inspiring message to send to voters, eh?

Remind me why the public would think that this is a team worth supporting?!

No one benefits from this circus.

Except of course, Cameron Slater, David Farrar, Simon Lusk, and their parasitic mates. For them, despite Nicky Hager’s expose, this has been a dream-come-true. For the apostles of Dirty Politics, Christmas has come early.

Gift-wrapped and presented by the Labour Party caucus and hierarchy.

 

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References

Radio NZ:  Cunliffe resigns as leader of Labour

NZ Herald: Timeline: Labour’s years of leadership pain

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This blogpost was first published on The Daily Blog on 28 September 2014

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  1. Matthew
    2 October 2014 at 8:04 am

    And Peter Pan like Russell and Metiria haven’t aged a bit.

    • 2 October 2014 at 9:10 am

      Hmmm, something in the Green lifestyle after all, Matthew? I might have to start laying off the Whopper burgers and cutting down on my coffee intake. 😀

      (Ok, only kidding about the coffee bit.)

  2. 3 October 2014 at 10:03 am

    Sad but very true.

  3. 6 October 2014 at 10:54 pm

    And this is why I shall not be voting for the Labour Party for the foreseeable future.

    Until they stop behaving like bickering pre-schoolers and start showing some unity, loyalty, and dare I say it — passion, they can collectively sod off. Watching them sacrifice the much-needed goal of a progressive government on the altar of ego, ideology and petty, personal vindictiveness was gut-wrenching to watch. They’ve let themselves down, along with every gullible simp, myself included, who placed their faith in them. When you start alienating your core supporters, you’re on a hiding to political oblivion.

    Labour — bugger off, sort your shit out, and don’t come back until you’ve had a good long think about who you are and who you presume to speak for. While you’re off doing that, I’ll be curled in the foetal position, vomiting blood as I listen to John Key tell me how comfortable he is with mass surveillance and poor people living in cars.

    • 7 October 2014 at 8:04 pm

      That – Perfidion – was bloody well said.

      There is not a word I’d add, remove, or change from your comment.

    • Who Gnu
      8 October 2014 at 2:10 pm

      Perfidion –

      +1

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