Would Anderton be happy with Ardern’s Government?

As well as many tributes to Jim Anderton after his death was announced yesterday, his political legacy has been revisited, especially his relationship with the Labour Party.

Amongst this questions have come up about whether Anderton would be happy with Jacinda Ardern’s rise to Prime Minister and how government she leads is shaping up.

From  ‘chocko’ at Reddit:

My first inspiration in politics. Stuck it to the neoliberals and empowered many young people and a new movement. I think he would be absolutely stoked with Jacinda as well. Don’t think I’ve ever actually said this before but kua hinga te totara i te wao nui a Tane.

JLLnz:

Anderton left the Labour party because it was taken over by neoliberals like Jacinda.

Obviously Anderton would prefer we have a Labour PM over a National one, but it’s rather a stretch to claim he would be “stoked” by the fact that we have a literal Blairite as Prime Minister.

chocko:

She isnt a Blairite and has said she didn’t like working for him. Remember that with the Progressive Coalition Party, Jim well and truly went back to the Labour Party under the Third Way of Helen Clark. He rejoined Labour, endorsed and mentored Megan Woods, was extremely close with Helen Clark in the end, and for what it’s worth, my personal view of Labour now under Jacinda is on track to being the sort of party Jim and the Alliance crew would be happy with.

I think it’s too soon to tell what track Ardern’s government is on. It doesn’t seem to be veering leftward much.

Another view from Lindsay Mitchell:

Reacting to the passing of Jim Anderton, Jacinda Ardern waxed lyrical about how he “gave 40 years service to New Zealand.”Up a ladder painting, I responded to nobody in particular, “He didn’t ‘give’ it. He was paid, quite handsomely.”The notion that public service employees are somehow self-sacrificing needs crushing.They occupy some of the best paid and most secure jobs to be found.Politicians exist in a place of privilege.And it’s a long way from up my ladder, or amongst the cat-shit under the renovation house, or sweltering in the attic. Places I have enjoyed this year ‘hoping’ to earn a living.

This has also provoked a bit of comment on Twitter:

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  1. “He didn’t ‘give’ it. He was paid, quite handsomely.”The notion that public service employees are somehow self-sacrificing needs crushing.They occupy some of the best paid and most secure jobs to be found.Politicians exist in a place of privilege.”

    Lindsay nails it. This man was a career politician, he was divisive and apart from ideological stands what did he actually achieve?

    Lionising him considering he’s never mentioned, until after his death, as any sort of example to anyone is cynical.

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  January 8, 2018

      He raised lots of money for the Labour Party. Then he fought with it. That’s about it as far as his citation for Lefty sainthood goes.

    • Blazer

       /  January 8, 2018

      He achieved far more than any National leader you can name. .that in itself is quite. .telling.

      • PDB

         /  January 8, 2018

        I must admit leaving one party with his knickers in a twist, destroying another party, losing 3 out of 3 mayoral races & losing a council election takes some beating.

  2. PDB

     /  January 8, 2018

    Q: Would Anderton be happy with Ardern’s Government?

    A: Considering he was never happy with anything else probably not.

  3. Gezza

     /  January 8, 2018

    Wasting sensible non-believing taxpayers’ money on that bloody Christchurch Cathedral restoration is nothing to thank him for. If the Aglicans’ God let the blimmin thing get destroyed the Anglicans should be stumping up the cash, or otherwise just getting his message that he obviously doesn’t want one there. This is the second earthquake that’s toppled it.

  4. Corky

     /  January 8, 2018

    No.

  5. Blazer

     /  January 8, 2018

    What an arsehole Bishop that National cigarette spruiker is.Try Kiwi Bank for starters you death… merchant.