A month with nothing to lose

Retiring isn’t a word that fits Shane Jones and in the wake of  his retirement from parliament he’s being anything but retiring.

Take a look at the list of stories on Jones and Labour in Dr Bryce Edwards’ Politics Daily.

Shane Jones and the Labour Party

Dave Armstrong (Stuff): Jones departure deals a painful blow to Labour

Michael Fox (Stuff): Labour reels in Jones’ wake

Tim Watkin (Pundit): Time running out for Labour

Vernon Small (Stuff): Church collapsed? Buy a house

John Armstrong: Labour’s brutal week reveals Achilles heel

Claire Trevett (Herald): Keeping up without Jones

TVNZ: Shane Jones reflects on life as a Labour MP

TVNZ: Labour strongest it’s been in a long time – party president

Jonathan Milne (Herald): Jones: ‘The right man in the wrong party’

Herald: Editorial: Labouring under false impressions

Deborah Mahuta-Coyle (Herald): Maori votes worth courting

Fran O’Sullivan (Herald): Labour hopes money policy will deflect focus from Jones

NBR: Labour Party President says the Party is strongest it’s been ‘in a long time’

Rodney Hide (Herald): Reverse racism fails to raise ire

Ross Henderson (Stuff): Jones sells out to the capitalists

Taranaki Daily Times: Editorial – Labour treads water as Jones jumps ship

Michele Hewitson (Herald): Interview: Jacinda Ardern 

ODT: Editorial – Narrowing focus for Labour

NBR: Shane Jones farewells Labour, rejects ‘Green Gospel’

David Farrar (Kiwiblog):Jones says Greens are anti-industry

David Farrar (Kiwiblog): Labour’s woes

Fundamentally useless: Only Robertson can go to the centre

The Standard: The strength of the left: working together…

Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Why Shane Jones won’t matter on September 20th and why Labour need to start talking about their first 100 days

John Sargeant (Stuff): Forget Jones, remember Jesus

Michael Cummings (Stuff): Editorial: Lessons from Jones’ departure

Nelson Mail: Editorial: Flawed MP leaves Labour in a pickle

Radio NZ: PSA sees political interference in Jones’ appointment

Isaac Davison (Herald): Parting shot undignified way to exit, says Turei

Jane Patterson (Radio NZ): Power play

Stephen Franks: The loss of Shane Jones is real for all of us

Danyl Mclauchlan (Dim-Post): The Beatification of St Jonesy

Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Whare of Cards – It’s a shame that Shane sold out to keep up with the Joneses

Claire Trevett (Herald): Revealed: Shane Jones’ secret fear

Scott Yorke (Imperator Fish): This is treason, sirs!

Toby Manhire (Herald): RE: Shane – tsunami in the parliamentary pond

Josie Pagani (Pundit): Here’s what a real bloke sounds like

Tim Selwyn (Tumeke): Shane Jones Nationalised

Jane Clifton (Listener): Mr Untouchable

Ben Clark (The Standard): Politics bruises even Shane Jones

David Farrar (Kiwiblog): Jones cites Greens influence as factor in departure

Herald: Turei: Jones ‘won’t be missed’

No Right Turn: An FPP politician in an MMP world

Matthew Dallas (Stuff): Jones’ kiss-off leaves sour taste

Newstalk ZB: Turei shrugs off Jones’ criticism

Claire Trevett (Herald): Cunning McCully’s king hit neutralises Jones

Greg Presland (The Standard): Labour and the working class

Radio NZ: ‘Harder job’ after Jones’ departure

Simon Prast (Daily Blog): A Big Hole

Rachel Morton (TV3): Shane Jones: Greens are anti-industry

NBR Staff (NBR): Greens too anti-industry — Shane Jones

Corazon Millar (Newstalk ZB): Greens take the high road over insults

Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Whare of Cards – It’s a shame that Shane sold out to keep up with the Joneses

Sparrowhawk: ANZAC day, Shane and Māori leadership: do we really need another bloody hero?

Pete George (Your NZ): Poll pall for Labour after Jones exit

David Farrar (Kiwiblog): Guest Post: Shane Jones, “Heretic Hunting” and Waitakere Man

Cameron Slater (Whaleoil): Toxic Greens drove Jones from Labour

Cameron Slater (Whaleoil): Toxic Greens don’t like their reality check

It’s a very long list.

Few if any of those stories reflect well on Labour and none focuses on what matters to voters.

Jones is going, but neither immediately nor quietly..

He’s got a month with nothing to lose and he’s going to make the most of it.

Whether it’s utu, pride or sheer bloody mindedness he’s going to keep on talking and whatever that does for him it will do nothing at all for his party.

While Jones has nothing to lose, Labour has plenty – its chances of winning the election.

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