|English: David Shearer, New Zealand Labour Party candidate for the seat of Mount Albert in the 2009 by-election. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
|David Cunliffe at the NZ Open Source Awards, 2007 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
If he is successful he will be the next prime minister of a Labour/ Greens/Mana and perhaps NZ First as well, government. If he is unsuccessful his political career will be virtually over. There would be so much blood-letting that it would destroy the Labour Party as a viable political entity. Yes, and David Cunliffe may become the darling of the left - a bitterly divided one that wouldn't be able to organise a barbeque in a flea-market.
So that is really what is at stake - the future of New Zealand society. Success of a Shearer-led coalition government would see the political right in the wilderness for a generation. I have a new philosophy if you like - no prime minister should be allowed more than two consecutive terms in government. So in relation to the last democratic government in power here - Helen Clark should have stood aside for Michael Cullen after two terms. Labour would have survived the 2008 election, and David Cunliffe may have become prime minister in 2011 after Mike Cullen had his two terms.
I'm an old fellow now and voted Labour from the Big Norm Kirk government in 1972 through to 1990 when I voted Jim Anderton's New Labour as a protest against the Free Marketeers spear-headed by Mike Moore and Roger Douglas. Labour got its arse well and truly kicked by a smart politico in Farmer Jim Bolger!
As that anti-drink driving ad goes, "I've said my piece,who's next?