A divinely crafted political entity

Chris Trotter is back to blasting “Labour’s 1984-1990 betrayals” and wishfully proposing a “divinely crafted political entity” in An Opposition Worthy Of The Name?

The signal achievement of National’s nine years in opposition was the unification of the Right. With ruthless efficiency, Don Brash and John Key rolled up National’s electoral competitors, leaving only the vestiges of parties that had once attracted, between them, more than 10 percent of the popular vote.

.In contrast to this approach, Trotter wants a left wing dream team.

The bitter truth is that if a beneficent angel were to uplift the best politicians from Labour, the Alliance (before it disappeared) the Greens and the Mana Party, and drop them into a divinely crafted political entity that might – or might not – continue to exploit the still potent Labour brand, then the Government of John Key would be in real trouble.

The current Labour Party bleats on (and on, and on) about being a “Broad Church”, but the sad truth remains that its reservoir for recruitment has never been shallower.

That is a real problem for Labour.

A genuinely “broad church” party of the Left would balance off  Andrew Little with Hone Harawira, Jacinda Ardern with Laila Harré, Stuart Nash with John Minto, Kelvin Davis with Annette Sykes, Grant Robertson with Julie Anne Genter and Annette King with Metira Turei. The whole spectrum of alternative power: from Soft Centrists to Hard Leftists; would be covered.

He must presume that Jim Anderton is in permanent retirement and perhaps that Matt McCarten is going to remain in the background coordinating it all.

Here is a better look at Trotter’s divinely crafted political entity:

  • Andrew Little
  • Hone Harawira
  • Jacinda Ardern
  • Laila Harré
  • Stuart Nash
  • John Minto
  • Kelvin Davis
  • Annette Sykes
  • Grant Robertson
  • Julie Anne Genter
  • Annette King
  • Metira Turei

That’s just twelve, more would be needed for a Cabinet.

That’s just 50% Labour. Even with last election results and current poll numbers that must be based on Trotter’s perception of competence and electability rather as it is nowhere near proportional representation.

It is disproportionately weighted to the far left with three from the MANA Movement plus Laila Harré, all from the Mana/Internet disaster rejected by voters.

The most notable omission is James Shaw. As Green co-leader that’s odd.

And leaving out Labour’s best performer, Phil Twyford, is curious.

That line up would attract the vote of the 1% who supported Internet/Mana and possibly most of the Green supporters, say 10%.

And if they are lucky about half of the current Labour supporters, the left and the unions, might be happy with that, but few of those with some leaning towards the centre and the 10-20% of centrist voters who have deserted Labour are unlikely to be impressed.

Trotter’s list may be divinely crafted by unions and far left activists, but it would destroy Labour. Andrew Little would be unlikely to get back in on the Labour list.

Perhaps that’s what he wants.

 

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24 Comments

  1. kiwi dave

     /  18th May 2016

    Name for Trotter’s “party”: The Disunited Leftouties”

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  2. Gezza

     /  18th May 2016

    You couldn’t leave that lot together in a kitchen with access to sharp knives.

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    • Blazer

       /  18th May 2016

      Gezza…’ On strategy analysis concerning how Labour are handling this issue, who to believe … ex-reserve bank governor or long-time left-wing political commentator?

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      • Gezza

         /  18th May 2016

        On putting together a completely new political party composed of individuals who would probably hate each others’ guts with a passion, couldn’t even likely agree on a seating plan at a caucus table, half of whom would probably walk over someone else in golf shoes to get to an opponent & cut their throats in order to be the leader, who to believe – long-term left-wing political commentator Chris Trotter … or me?

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  18th May 2016

        Ex Reserve Bank Governor, of course.

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      • Gezza

         /  18th May 2016

        You don’t seem to appreciate that sometimes a commentator can be bang on with their analysis of one situation and right off their trolley on another one, Blazer. This is one of Trotter’s other ones. You know, just like sometimes you’re right – and at other times you’re barking up the wrong tree, or just barking.

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  3. “Divinely crafted” and lying about the role of deity in the common law don’t mix well.

    http://www.actsinjunction.info

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    • Gezza

       /  18th May 2016

      Lying about the likely existence & role of a deity is bad enough in itself.

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  4. Alan Wilkinson

     /  18th May 2016

    Never say Trotter doesn’t have a sense of humour. I think. He is joking isn’t he?

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    • Gezza

       /  18th May 2016

      He is joking isn’t he?

      His article ends:
      “That Labour’s fatal apostasy [the abandonment or renunciation of a religious or political belief or principle] has made such a caucus impossible is the besetting tragedy of progressive New Zealand politics. Its embrace of neoliberalism in the mid-1980s left Labour with the political equivalent of syphilis. Sadly, every one of the many attempts to administer the Penicillin of genuine progressivism (God bless you Jim, Rod, Laila!) was rejected. Consequently, Labour’s bones have crumbled and its brain has rotted. Small wonder that the other opposition parties are reluctant to get too close!

      It might almost be funny, if the only people laughing, all the way to the ballot-box, weren’t John Key and Winston Peters.”

      So, I don’t think he’s joking, but it’s possible I suppose that he might be testing some purple “medicinal cannabis” that some bloke in a hoodie gave him to write an article about later.

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  5. I posted a comment on Trotter’s Bowalley post and it hasn’t emerged from his moderation (all comments initially go in to moderation and he tends to release them in batches).

    I can only guess why it wouldn’t have passed his scrutiny.

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    • Gezza

       /  19th May 2016

      Can we see it?

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      • Gezza

         /  19th May 2016

        You didn’t call him Beelzebub or Nancy-pants or anything like that did you Pete?

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      • It was more or less this part of my post:

        That’s just twelve, more would be needed for a Cabinet.

        That’s just 50% Labour. Even with last election results and current poll numbers that must be based on Trotter’s perception of competence and electability rather as it is nowhere near proportional representation.

        It is disproportionately weighted to the far left with three from the MANA Movement plus Laila Harré, all from the Mana/Internet disaster rejected by voters.

        The most notable omission is James Shaw. As Green co-leader that’s odd.

        And leaving out Labour’s best performer, Phil Twyford, is curious.

        That line up would attract the vote of the 1% who supported Internet/Mana and possibly most of the Green supporters, say 10%.

        And if they are lucky about half of the current Labour supporters, the left and the unions, might be happy with that, but few of those with some leaning towards the centre and the 10-20% of centrist voters who have deserted Labour are unlikely to be impressed.

        Someone else has pointed out that it is averse to MMP: “It reads like a plea to roll back MMP to return a two party system.”

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        • Gezza

           /  19th May 2016

          Oh … cheers. Easy to see why it’s not been posted. You’ve embarrassed him with electoral mathematics & realpolitik logic.

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  6. Corky

     /  19th May 2016

    “A divinely crafted political entity”

    A freak show. I would have more trust in the Moonies ( are they still around?)

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