Monday, November 30, 2009

Who's next?

So, now that Phil Goff has thrown Maori over the side of the left-wing boat, I'm wondering: who's next? Will we be seeing similarly caveated and deniable speeches essentially telling gays to get back in the closet and women to get back into the kitchen? Or do too many of those groups vote labour for them to be victimised and targeted in this fashion?

Because that's what this is about: victimising and targeting one group in order to get votes from another. To Goff and his cheerleaders, this is simply a question of electoral calculus, votes lost versus votes gained. I reject that cynical view utterly. These tactics are simply indecent, contrary to the values of the left (not to mention the Labour Party), and unacceptable no matter what the payoff is.