What's the price for backing David Shearer and the Labour Party again? All it takes is a dog biscuit and six dollars a week...
Clearly the opposition from Labour's so called 'left wing' to the political direction of the party is easily bought off. All Dave and his friend Russel need to do is throw their critics a policy dog biscuit and they all go 'Woof! Woof!' Look, there's goes Chris Trotter and The Daily Blog bounding across the lawn in the direction of that crunchy dog morsel. And there is Dave and Russel sharing a laugh.
'Come on Chris Trotter' , shouts Shearer. 'Get that guitar out and give us a mighty rendition of 'Solidarity Forever!'
Just when you thought the stench was going away, the ghost of Steve Maharey appears mumbling, 'Anthony Giddens, the third way, TVNZ hybrid, the friendly face of capitalism, good news story.... blah blah, blah... Kiwi FM..'
On the back of Labour - Green's ''third way' way approach to the electricity industry we read of big claims that Labour is rolling back neoliberalism and that Labour 'has changed the conversation'. I don't think greater government regulation of one sector of the economy represents a counter revolution just a mere tinkering with the neoliberal paradigm. Neither Shearer or Norman are about to storm the citadels of capitalist power - they're just looking for a way to turf out John Key and his mates.
That it has got John Key and co in a lather just goes to prove, as if more evidence was needed, of just how dominant neoliberalism is in this country and that this situation is perfectly acceptable to all the parliamentary parties. Labour may only be blowing a small puff of dissent but it is regarded as burning down the house.
And did anyone notice that this new proposal takes the heat off Labour to renationalise the power companies that National is seeking to partially privatise?
The real issue is that, again, nationalisation remains firmly off the agenda as does any talk of operating the power companies as social utilities rather than profit-driven state owned enterprises.
Labour and the Green haven't given up on the 'free market', folks.
Indeed both Labour and the Green's are floating the illusion - again - that the market can be used for the social good. But this policy, if it works, will amount to little more than $6 a week in savings on the power bill. Apparently the price of a cup of coffee and a muffin are adequate compensation for continuing to support the right wing policies of Labour and the Green's.
But some people are easily convinced. Indeed they are always on the lookout for some reason - any reason - to be convinced.
Chris Trotter, last seen calling for the removal of Shearer as Labour leader has declared: ' “Okay! Okay! I surrender. Shearer stays.'
The only good thing that can be said about this is that at least Trotter has the honesty to say he is waving the white flag of surrender and that hopefully brings to an end his posturing about socialism.