Labour's latest recycled chief strategist has announced that the Losers Party is to continue attacking Bill English over his housing arrangements. This, despite the AG's report (requested by Labour, I think?) revealing that Mr English acted entirely correctly and upon advice tendered to him by parliamentary officials.
I'm fascinated by Labour's obsession with attack politics which, for months on end, have demonstrably weakened their poll ratings by driving lifelong Labour voters away.
With this latest attack, all people see is another tired face from the failed party of the past. Hodgkins.
Adolf is planning an address to his church based on the theme:-
'Everybody wants forgiveness but nobody wants to repent.'
Herein lies the philosophical scotoma which is preventing Labour from making any progress whatsoever. They are like the New York Times and CNN where bankruptcy seems preferable to giving up their failed political bias.
Labour has not truly repented but somehow it expects to enter the kingdom of electoral heaven.
The fundamental basis of Christianity is the opportunity for people to change their lives for the better, without penalty, if they will simply resolve to put aside the bad behavior of the past. There is no price to pay, no preset conditions to meet and the offer is made to all. All their past misdemeanors are written off and they get a new start. For free.
Repentance is described as 'a feeling of sincere and genuine regret or remorse.' It is firmly embedded in our legal system where judges have flexibility in sentencing depending on the extent of remorse shown by the guilty perpetrator. Yet somehow Labour shows not the slightest sign of change. They cling to the attitudes of the past. They continue the abhorrent behavior for which people rejected them. In recent weeks they have been caught out in blatant lying and theft of public money and now they continue with a futile attack on the country's finance minister.
Electoral redemption requires Labour to act like a born again Christian. Politically and electorally they must publicly confess their sins and make a true gesture of repentance. It's not very difficult but until they do they will not go anywhere but down.
When a person decides to be a Christian, he or she stands up in front of a congregation, makes a public statement of faith and promises to do his or her best to follow the teachings of Jesus as set out in the gospels. That person is immediately and warmly welcomed by the congregation. He or she is said to have been metaphorically born again. To have started a new life.
When will we see Labour's latter day Moses? Who will it be who leads them out of Egypt into the promised land of electoral milk and honey? Who will be their Messiah? Will it be the carpenter's son from just down the road?
Labour needs to call a press conference at the close of a special retreat for all MPs and party officials and present for all to see, the parade of Helen Clark remnants declaring that they recognise the policies and attitudes of the past were wrong, making a commitment to search for new policies and develop positive attitudes, promising to work in the interests of all New Zealanders and concluding by singing the national anthem. Then, they might just see a resurgence in the polls.
It would be too much to expect that they might publicly nail a photo shopped effigy of the Bilious Bitch to a cross.