Tuesday, January 26, 2010
We note that the parliamentary Labour Party has unsurprisingly confirmed Phil Goff and Annette King as leader and deputy respectively. Phil Goff will celebrate his re-election by feeding his caucus at his Clevedon farmlet, some distance from his Mt Roskill electorate. He has resisted the urge to BBQ; sheep on a spit is the fare.
Doubtless this will be trumpeted as a new dawn for Labour etc etc etc. Phil Goff and Annette King were last year celebrated as the "new face" of the Labour Party. The reality is, of course that they're anything but. When the House resumes on 9 February, Phil and Annette will be each commencing their FOURTH DECADE in Parliament. That's right; each was elected in the 1980's, and each has served in each of the following decades. They're joined of course by Trevor Mallard.
They are not alone. Jim Anderton and Peter Dunne are of similar vintage, as are Lockwood Smith and John Carter. We mention that fact so as not to be accused of selective reporting!
So let's forget this tosh about "new beginnings" or a "bright new dawn" for Labour. The Labour Party is led by refugees from Rogernomics - and isn't that just SO 1980's??!!