Thursday, June 12, 2014


Love him or leave him, Chris Trotter has long been the conscience of the true 'Left' with his thoughtful analysis of politics from someone not afraid to pin his colors (and prejudices) to the wall. 

Trotter has never bothered to hold back from saying what he believes and that's why his recent post on Bowalley Road here where he advocates the expulsion of the ABC faction (read right wing faction) of the Labour caucus from the Party as necessary to cement in Cunliffe's gradual and continuing shift to the left is so fascinating.     Gone is any pretense that Labour is 'broad church' party.

His call for the expulsion of anyone daring to question Cunliffe's leadership replicates the events of March 1940 when John A Lee was expelled from the Parliamentary Labour Party for calling into question the sanity of God (aka Michael Joseph Savage) and for promoting the heresy that a Labour cabinet should be elected by their caucus.

So, who is Trotter referring to in the Labour caucus .... don't have to be a rocket scientist to  figure that out.   My take (in no particular order) ....
  • Goff
  • King
  • Shearer 
  • Mallard
  • Hipkins
  • O'Connor
  • Cosgrove
  • Davis
  • Curran
  • Sio
  • Faafoi
Gueez, that leaves a very small caucus, increasingly bereft of talent and going nowhere fast.

With friends like Trotter, Labour doesn't need me to put the boot in ... fun though.

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