The gay marriage bill has started to tear the Labour Party to pieces.
Labour's Mangere MP Sua William Sio has basically called for a divorce from the bill, saying it should be withdrawn - because it could cost the party the next election.
Yes, that's right - Sio says the bill could cost Labour an election.
And you can't really fault Sua's logic: he says it will wipe out the Pacific vote in South Auckland - that's Labour's heartland, that's where it wins elections.
Labour's not likely to have won the next election anyway. But this won't help.
It conjures up all the images of a Labour Party obsessed by so-called "social engineering" like anti-smacking rather than issues like jobs and wages.
No wonder John Key is voting for it - it's causing Labour many more problems than it's causing National.
It also conjures up a reminder of a weak, lily livered National, unable to stop the same type of social engineering such as anti-smacking. NZ votes out the social engineering party, and they still pop up with social engineering bills that the new Prime Minister even supports! And we voted for him, why?
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