I can exclusively reveal to my three readers that, despite all appearances to the contrary, there are two Chris Trotters! It's hard to believe but I have irrefutable truth that the well known political commentator is, in fact, two people.
Chris Trotter 1 writing on his blog Bowalley Road yesterday was urging Labour leader Phil Goff to 'reset the course of New Zealand social democracy'.
But a just few weeks earlier,on the same blog, Chris 2 was attacking Phil Goff for dismissing Labour's traditional social democratic principles!
Wrote Chris 2:
Listening to Radio New Zealand-National’s "Focus on Politics" yesterday evening, I was incensed and depressed, but I can’t honestly say surprised, to hear Phil Goff dismiss Labour’s founding objective – "the socialisation of the means of production, distribution and exchange" as "nineteenth century history."
It got worse, with Phil adding ideological insult to historical injury by declaring that the modern Labour Party believed "a well-functioning market system is the most effective and efficient way of organising an economy". Yes, he was willing to "recognise market failure", but only to the extent of ensuring "an adequate level of regulation".
So while Chris 1 is urging big Phil to rediscover social democracy Chris 2 is attacking Goff for embracing neoliberalism !
Clearly such diametrically opposed political viewpoints cannot be the work of just one Chris Trotter- there must be two of them! Has he been cloned or does he have a twin? Or does he have a doppelganger?
Perhaps the two Trotters should get together and see if they can work out a consistent political position. Clearly they are both all over the shop when it comes to the Labour Party.