Labour seems intent on recreating a younger, less competent gang than the gang which was thrown out of office in 2008. Among a myriad of factors influencing voters, one of the prime reasons Clark and Co were rejected was that they were seen to represent narrow sectors of society. Academics, unionists and homosexuals, the latter euphemistically referred to as 'the rainbow faction.'
Have a look at recent news stories and the current labour line up and it would appear the rainbow faction is well and truly entrenched.
The wannabe PM:-
His newly appointed Chief of Staff
Your new leader of The House
Your new Minister for Health
Your new Attorney-General
Your new Minister for Sport
When you add in the trade unionists, there's not much left. When I look through their line up, the only ones who appears to be a plain ordinary blokes are Damien O'Connor and Shane Jones.
Mallard is difficult to pigeon hole. He's hardly academic and certainly not a left arm spinner.