Chris Trotter says that the Labour caucus is a talent free zone.
Trotter contends that the Labour selection system is set up to favour those who win patronage from one of the three powerful sector groups – the affiliated trade unions, the Women’s Council, and the gay and lesbian dominated Rainbow Council.
David Farrar looks at numbers 28 to 33 on Labour’s 2005 list.
STREET, Maryan – female, gay
MORONEY, Suzanne Mary – female, unionist
FENTON, Darien Elizabeth – female, unionist
CHAUVEL, Charles Pierre – gay, lawyer for unions
SOPER, Lesley Frances – female, unionist
WALL, Louisa Hareruia – female, gay
Trotter and David Farrar might also have added extreme socialist to the qualifying list.
Labour was once a broad based party of 100,000 decent, mainstream NZers,with a sprinkling of Marxist infiltrators.
Today, it is a few thousand strong and the unions and the PCers and Marxists control the party apparatus.
In my opinion, Norman Kirk or Mick Connelly wouldn’t even join today’s Labour Party.