I think we’ve frankly got to be worried about Labour’s prospects when people are giving him advice which shouldn’t need to be said.
Like Morgan from Maui Street pointing out that leaving your Maaori Affairs spokesperson on the back bench doesn’t bode well for any hopes you have of retaking the Maaori seats. Personally, I’d go for the theory that Labour’s strategy team are a bunch of entitled dipshits who assume that eventually the Maaori Party will collapse and that everyone hates Hone Harawira as much as they do, and thus in the fullness of time those silly brown people will remember to vote for their rightful overlords.
Or they’ve forgotten about the Maaori seats. Anything’s possible.
Then there’s Dr Bryce Edwards explaining that Labour need to present a credible alternative government and be different from National. I respect Dr Edwards very much, but I have to say that this is hardly a groundbreaking idea.
I mean, how the fuck does Shearer expect to be Prime Minister without being a credible, substantially-different alternative to National? Hello?
Maybe this is nothing new to the Labour leadership. Maybe they’re trying, but for some reason (quackslikeaduck) it’s not working. Hell, they have a distinct shortcoming in only having 34 MPs (and being used to having a lot more, unlike the Greens) – which makes Shearer’s “top 20” lineup seem a little ridiculous. (There’s no bottom 20! Six members of the top 20 are also in the bottom 20!)
But I just cannot conceive that it is that difficult for people with the level of political experience they have to make a dent, to wave a bright flag, to summon a few basic bullet points which sum up the point of their party’s existence. Unfortunately, that means the only logical conclusion is they don’t give a fuck as long as their safe electorate seats play ball.