Tuesday, April 16, 2019

LEADERSHIP MUSINGS

There is an incessant amount of chatter about the National Party leadership ... much of it from commentators engaged in interviewing their typewriters backed by some healthy doses of Whale-Oil.      There becomes a point where their predictions become self-fulfilling but I'm not sure that point has yet been reached.

St Jacinda is riding high right now and the Labour Party is benefiting from her coattails.    Any new Leader of the Opposition is going to find it difficult to get traction.    If there is to be change (and that's for the National Party caucus to determine) then better to wait until after the budget and the beginning of the 'winter of our discontent' ... Kiwiflop; CGT; strife in the education sector; hospital waiting lists ... there's much bubbling away just below the surface.

No, I'm drawn to the latest post on 'The Daily Blog' ... Bomber Bradbury's low road alternative to Chris Trotter's 'Bowalley Road' where he bemoans the state of the Green Party leadership.

The article poses this question "Right now the Green Party are polling below their 2017 meltdown - at what point will anyone inside the Party suggest the problem is a leadership one?".    It concludes with this prediction ... "The Greens are like the Pride Parade Board, self righteous, divisive and wanting to redefine inclusion by excluding everyone who doesn’t believe i their latest woke mantra. It’s pure temple politics as opposed to broadchurch politics.   The Greens will sink under 5% and rather than identify their alienating woke identity politics as the reason they are out of Parliament will instead blame the heteronormative patriarchy as the problem.

Hmmmmm ... confirmation that the Davidson faction is driving the (electric) bus/paddling the waka ... call it what you will.    Must say I like the bit about 'heteronormative patriarchy'.  

Is one allowed to wonder, given Bradbury's links with the Labour Party, if this is not a none too subtle message from on high for the Greens to get their act together less they become (in the words of a certain Labour Party luminary) 'last cab off the rack'.   Certainly on current polling and with the Greens on the cusp of being out of parliament and Winston First more so, that would have to be an attractive proposition for Labour ... government in their own right without the two 'enfante terrible.

 

11 comments:

Lord Egbut Nobacon said...

Kiwiflop.........put belly in there.

CGT...............might be a flop, might be a saviour.

Strife in the Ed. sector.....Inherited from 9 years of National.

Hospital waiting lists.......Inherited from 9 years of National.

The last two can only be sorted by throwing money at them, money that is in short supply so CGT might be the answer in place of income or GST tax rises.

Andrei said...

It is the gynocracies dream to have St Jacinda up against Judith Collins.

That red head political Journo with cankles on TV One was telling me how Simon's days are numbered.

In our inclusive society men are being excluded from leadership positions and the possible only way to get ahead is to come out as gay I guess or to chop your cock off and claim you are a woman - a bit drastic for me I'm afraid

Anyway Governor General - Woman
Prime Minister Woman
Head of Stats who fucked up the last census woman
Head of Aussie Rugby woman
Head of Aussie sport woman
and so on and so on

Psycho Milt said...

Bradbury's political analysis is suspect at the best of times, but when it comes to the Green Party he shows a truly astonishing lack of understanding of its voter base for someone on the left.

For example, this bit could have been written by any of the more deranged mouth-frothers on Kiwiblog:

The Greens are stalling, apparently their ‘blame-all-white-crackers-for-terrorism’ strategy and reclaiming the word cunt surprisingly hasn’t borne any fruit.

Pretty much everything he writes about the Greens has this much of a loon tinge to it. What really would worry me and other Green voters would be if the leadership were to start giving Bomber Bradbury's political advice some credence. Fortunately, they're a long way from being that stupid.

Psycho Milt said...

Anyway Governor General - Woman
Prime Minister Woman
Head of Stats who fucked up the last census woman
Head of Aussie Rugby woman
Head of Aussie sport woman
and so on and so on


and so on, until you eventually realise that women are still a trivial minority of the powerful in society - even if we ignore the fact that most positions of power are in the private sector.

Lord Egbut Nobacon said...

I see your point Andrei....having a big dick makes you a better administrator. So it must be true what they say about the tiny Tangerine tyrant.

The Veteran said...

Good old Egbut ... defender of the faith extraordinaire. My old Dad, staunch Labour to his bootstraps, will be looking down kindly on you from up on high while at the same time lighting a candle for me and praying for divine intervention to save my black 'Tory' soul.

As for PM. You, my old friend, typifies the exact person BB is banging on about. Every-time Davidson opens her trap she drives a few more Green voters either into Labour's camp or the clutches of the new Sustainable New Zealand Party and I, for one, wouldn't have it any other way.

Paulus said...

Simply the Greens are not really happy being in Government as we see prominently from GG and the other one. They are only there to make up the numbers and do nothing constructive.
They are naturally at their best being against anything and everything rather than for something.

Which is where they will be after the election - permanently along Russell Norman and against the world as we know it.

Lord Egbut Nobacon said...

Out of the four points Veteran made only one can be laid at the door of Labour....Kiwiflop.

The CGT has been canned. That to me is disappointment because it works in other countries and as I have always said tax is the price you pay for a just society.

Michael Cullen has echoed my posts of the past when he said....

"The problem we have is New Zealanders seem not to want an inheritance tax, or a wealth tax, or a land tax or a capital gains tax but they still want to complain about growing inequality of wealth.

Clearly that is a political position that has to be recognised, but it is not a satisfactory one."


The Veteran said...

Egbut ... so it was National that is proposing the educational reforms that has the industry up in arms. So it was National that encouraged expectations of pay increases in the education and health sectors. Clearly I was misinformed ... silly me.

But you're right on one. St Jacinda bottled it on the CGT which she said she truly believes in. Some belief.

Andrei said...

"St Jacinda bottled it on the CGT which she said she truly believes in. Some belief."

She didn't bottle Veteran - she didn't have the numbers in Parliament to get it done

The Veteran said...

Andrei ... disagree. She could have said to WRP 'we're doing this' and, right now and at the height of her powers Winston would have caved because he has nowhere to go.

Anyone that believes that National would have a bar of NZ First with Peters as the leader probably also believes in the tooth fairy.