The week-end in which the National Party Conference saw the most successful raid ever on the left's voter base (and the left still has not realised is was done over) and the most unsuccessful ever foray by a blogger into political lobbying.
Adolf won't have much to say about the latter because those things are best dealt with quietly out of the public gaze.
Chris Trotter sums it up brilliantly, as only he can. Essentially he is saying what many already know - Labour has become arrogant and is hopelessly out of touch with the people who twenty years ago would have been its strength. Adolf's description of this phenomenon would be to describe them as the party of poofs, teachers and shop stewards with not a real worker to be seen.
The comments thread is full of lefties screaming about the 'iniquity' of Mr Key's 90 day employment deal as though it is the end of the free world as we know it. Never mind the fact that all other western democracies have had such employment conditions for yonks and never mind that Dept of Labour statistics overwhelmingly point to the success of the scheme with hundred of new jobs which otherwise would not exist.
What they've all missed is the political implication of this scheme. It has locked in for National the undying gratitude of every youngster who, as a result of the 90 day trial period, now has his or her first real job and a chance to prove his or her value to the boss. That undying gratitude will be manifested in a lifetime of votes for National. These are the very people who, twenty years ago, would have been groomed by their union shop stewards to become good little lefties. The dirty little child groomers have been sent packing from the work place. Now they have to justify their presence or be booted out.
You've got to hand it to John Key. The currency trader is a past master at slipping in under Labour's guard and kicking them in the crutch when all the time they thought he was belting them in the head.
The only comment Adolf has concerning Whaleoil's self imposed exile from the National Party is that I'm surprised it took so long and I expect he would shortly have been pushed.
No organisation can tolerate a member who loudly and publicly makes personal attacks upon so many senior figures as has Whaleoil. Neither can a governing party put up with what amounts to continual quasi contempt of court by a person purporting to be part of the organisation.
In the Mojave desert there is a tribe of wild donkeys which when attacked by coyotes or cougars forms itself into a circle with heads inward and kicks like hell. Every now and again, some jackass turns the wrong way and kicks the hell out of its mates.
That's our Whaleoil - who now joins Lyen Brown and Andrew The Drunk, in foolishly invoking Jesus Christ and his crucifixion as somehow sanctifying their respective falls from grace.
Plus ça change
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