If the New Zealand National Party was looking for a break from the unrelenting pressure bearing down on them as a result of the Oravida Scandal (brought about by the actions of the current Justice Minister Judith Collins, although she has changed her story so many times, you could be forgiven for thinking she was Minister of Corrections) it came in the form of the unexpected departure of Labour MP Shane Jones, ditching his party for a government job with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as the country gears up for this year’s election.
High-profile Labour MP Shane Jones denies the National Party had a hand in his resignation, despite Jones crossing the political divide to take a job created for him by the Government.
This is an usual event in New Zealand politics and there will be flaming keyboards beneath the frantic fingers of all manner of journalists and writers hard out to get their spin on this story out to the critical eye of New Zealand readers.
Opinion on this decision will swing from strong support to severe criticism for the Jones Boy’s, because it involves both sides of the political spectrum, the heat of an election campaign, and the question of how damaging this is for the Labour Party Shane leaves behind, after a decade as one of their ‘news making’ MPs.
It’s no secret that there is a prominent clique of feminist crusaders in the Labour caucus, that view Jones as somewhere down around dog level and won’t be sorry to see him go – those sentiments being echoed promptly on one of their supportive blogs.
Undisciplined: Yes, you have to agree with that, he was a fish out of water when it came to being a bloke in the girls brigade party that Labour has become, and he didn’t toe the line.
Waffling: No, you couldn’t call him a waffler, he was definitely one of their more articulate speakers, even if a little Latinate, but at least you heard from him and not a pre-arranged sound bite rolled out in some pretence one hopes will make you look real.
Misogynist: That’s pretty much standard for any male who doesn’t fall into line behind the feminist faction of the left leaning political parties. They seem to attract more than their fair share of rabid ranters who have a very narrow view of how their ideological society might look and it certainly has no room for a smart ‘bloke’ like the Jones Boy.
He’s leaving and while some will call this a cop out, I say good on ya mate, go and do something worthwhile, you were wasting your time waving the ‘Big Red L’.
I call it the ‘Big Red L’ for a reason and here’s why.
The New Zealand Labour Party is no longer the Labour Party that we grew up with. It is a shadow of it’s proud past, undermined by what another of their blokes Damien O’Conner described as a “gaggle of gays and feminists”.
When I saw the results of the Stuff poll asking about the affect Jones’ departure would have on Labour (along side the above linked article if you want to vote) it was no surprise.
Yes, they’re in complete disarray
558 votes, 71.1%
No, they’ve got other talent to fall back on
47 votes, 6.0%
People leave their jobs, no big deal
180 votes, 22.9%
Total 785 votes
The country is fed up with a party of self-interest groups that spit bile at each other and do little more than wave a Big Red L in the hope of getting elected. We’re not fooled, we know what you really are, and come election time my prediction is a big fail for Big Red L. (The 20 plus per cent that saw this as just a change of job is another story too.)
At least the Jones Boy didn’t forget who he was when he got amongst the current core of this party and I have no doubt he saw them for exactly what they are – a party that’s lost its identity and is campaigning on a brand, a label, and a political party needs more than a piece of cardboard with the Big Red L.
If you were the Jones Boy would you have bailed from the Labour Party?
Is the Labour Party sinking because the New Zealand public is seeing feminist politics for what it is?
Is the departure of the Jones Boy the wake up call for Labour to cull its feminist relics and get men back on board?
Do you rate Labour as anything more than a coalition hopeful in the coming election?