It's time for David Cunliffe to put NZ Labour out of its misery. I've never been a great fan of Mr Cunliffe but I think his time has come, thanks to Trevor Mallard.
Immediately upon his return to NZ he should announce his resignation from Labour and the formation of a new party, the Democratic Labour Party of NZ. He should take with him S'ua William Sio, Shane Jones, and Damien O'Connor, thereby ensuring at least one seat and parliamentary party status after 2014..
The timing could not be better. Labour has just tied itself inextricably to a corrupt and declining union movement and the same sex marriage nonsense has destabilised the party's South Auckland power base. Cunliffe can proclaim, with justification, that the old party has walked away from him and walked away from its constituents. He can leave it to represent the homosexual, pseudo-intellectual, shop steward, Clark regime communities while he pursues his political fortunes in the mainstream, Christian, blue collar and men are men and women luv em for it communities of NZ.
The party should seek strong candidates whose backgrounds come from centre NZ. Tradespeople, small business owners, doctors, accountants, lawyers, salesmen, executives. He should make it known that his party will not preselect openly homosexual or lesbian activists, university academics, political studies graduates, TVNZ journalists, trade union officials or Inland Revenue staff.
Mr Cunliffe should field candidates in Wainuiomata, Central, South and West Auckland and he should challenge Shearer in Mt Albert. That should scare the living shit out of what's left of old Labour.
He should adopt all the policies of National which currently have genuine public support and attack National where there are genuine openings. No more flailing around trying to make the Waikato River flow uphill as Labour has done with its pathetic so called 'asset sales' campaign. That should scare the living shit out of National.
Money? Don't worry about the money. Get the right people and the money will follow. I'll bet there are thousands of real Labour supporters who are sick and tired of the current rabble and would gladly give money to something which appeared to be decent and competent.
Cunliffe has nothing to lose for he has no chance ever of leading Labour as long as it is controlled by the unions and Andrew Little is hanging around. So, he might as well go for broke and be done with it.
Of one thing he could be sure. A seat in cabinet after the 2014 election, alongside John Key and Bill English.
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