Quotation for Today – Thursday 15 October 2015
Patrick Gower writes:-
The Labour Party is swallowing a dead rat, and not just any old dead rat.
Labour is swallowing an enormous, filthy, stinking, rotten, maggot-infested dead rat called the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).
Labour’s 32 MPs looked deflated and rattled in Parliament’s question time today. It was like 32 individual TPP rats were served up as a ghastly afternoon feed.
Labour looked as if it had nowhere to go when attacking the TPP the Government had agreed to.
Labour seemed to be flailing about, its questions effectively patsies that allowed Prime Minister John Key and company extol the virtues of the trade deal.
The lowest point for Labour was the inevitable and humiliating recital by Key of Helen Clark’s public statement that it was “unthinkable” for New Zealand to be left out of the TPP.
It was always going to come, but it looked like it really hurt the Labourites. Their hero, Clark, was in support of TPP – her words thrown back at them as a disgusting garnish on their dead rat feed.
It is looking like the TPP was nowhere near as bad as Labour made it out to be.