- Nick Kelly
So-called ‘from the left’ political commentator Chris Trotter posed the following question to his post election column in the Sunday Star times:
“What led the majority of the New Zealand electorate to reject a government that has not only done it no great harm but might even be said to have done it some good?”
The answer according to Trotter is this:
Last night’s result was manufactured out of the besetting sin of the last 150 years of western history – the crisis of masculinity. What, exactly, is a man in a world of corporate and public bureaucracies?
It was these: the men who just couldn’t cope with the idea of being led by an intelligent, idealistic, free-spirited woman; the gutless, witless, passionless creatures of the barbecue-pit and the sports bar (and the feckless females who put up with them); who voted Helen Clark out of office
Left: Young workers, led by Unite union protesting against youth rates under Labour.