Here's some of the more interesting and insightful initial tweets in reaction to Shane Jones' announced retirement from parliamentary politics.
I was hoping @matuashane would go independent. Be great to have a New Zealander like him inside the Whare
Quick, someone draw a cartoon of Kelvin Davis in Shane's shoes, Parekura's shearing singlet, and Dover's Hat
Dear Murray McCully - please give Trevor Mallard a job as well
Can't help thinking that @matuashane may have been set up here. No deal done yet? Premature announcement?
Also, this is a chance to shed the waitakere man once and for all! No Tamihere, no Jones, next stop: O'Connor
As well as a front bench reshuffle, Labour should quit their list ranking strategy of demanding good Māori candidates retake a Māori seat.
It appears Shane Jones has gone from being Labour's mongrel to being Murray McCullys' bitch- quite the career move.
It is possible to look at the circumumstances and timing for Shane Jones departure as disloyal
Meanwhile, Labours talentless deadwood is holding on for dear life.
The strongest indication in favour of Shane Jones is that Young Labour all hate him.
I wonder if Labour can create a job for John Key?
Time to buy a new suit and air the old ones that i didn't give to the Sallies. Does the smell of moth balls ever fade?
Good luck @matuashane you've made the right call.
Can you imagine what would happen to Labour if Grant Robertson was to resign.
As that Gordon Campbell column shows, Jones and Labour were a poor fit. Maybe he's done the honourable thing and given Kelvin Davis time.
shane and tau should have swapped parties years ago...
I'm finding it hard to work out whether we're witnessing the death throes of certain political parties or more generally of party politics.
The more I think about tonight, the more I think a 3-year sabbatical might be the best thing for Labour - in a very positive way.
Kia ora all.The 3 News report came as a shock. I'm very sad that Shane is leaving. He has been a great friend inside and out of parliament.
It's possible to recognise that, while Jones' departure is good for some aspects of Labour's game, it reveals deep problems within the party
@LewSOS And it's possible to recognise an act of craven self interest at the expense of your lifetime's work as just that.
It's possible to realise that a broad-church party needs to be more internally tolerant than a niche-emergent party like the Greens, right?
@LewSOS National is also a 'broad church', seems to get by without pro-union MPs that hate corporations and farmers
It's possible to recognise that Jones was a buffoon who alienated lots of people & still regret the loss of Labour's strongest link to Māori
Wonderful news. The more people we exclude from the party, the more pure our revolution will become. Rejoice! Rejoice in purity!
Jason Ede almost pulled off an Urquhart, but Shane Jones failed to win Labour leadership race. #BetterLuckNextTime
The question of the night is, did the @nzlabour whips know about Shane talking with MFAT?
Crap timing for @matuashane to quit. Could have left at end of parliamentary term.
i have a hunch that the endless flow of damaging & undermining Labour caucus leaks will dry up with @matuashane's departure- just a hunch.
Govt MPs will mention this every day between now & September 20 and Jones will know this full well. Selfish at best, sabotage at worst. #rpt
What the hell was in that thousand dollar donation, a makutu?
@felixmarwick Uusally doesn't end well for Pakeha ones with same tag either. Anderton/ Dalziel / English / McLay / Maharey
If Cunliffe doesn't reshuffle his shadow cabinet, Māori MPs will be #9, #16 & #18 plus their last four. Go on, tell me that's not a problem
@LewSOS National: #7, #9 and #18 plus their last four and the Maori Party ministers. Interesting comparison.
Remember all those times when we said @matuashane may as well be in the National party? That wasn't meant to be taken as career advice!
Why is it that every time a Maori politician is tagged as being a future PM it always seems to end poorly for them?
Astounded by the selfishness of Shane Jones' timing. Struggling 2 think of parallels; eg Maharey as VC, Dalziel as Mayor quite different IMO
Cunliffe and Jones having dinner together tonight. Love to be a fly on the wall@CampbellLiveNZ
Interesting to see how losing the best performer will affect performance during #nzqt
Labour needed to rejuvenate but I thought the retirements might be the MPs who entered Parliament in 1981, not 2005!
Shane Jones quits Labour? The mighty teeterer has fallen.
Lots of replies on Jones. I'm genuinely interested: if Jones isn't the best performing Labour MP this year, who is and why?
Govt to create new role as Cycling Ambassador for Mallard #dreamsarefree
Jeeeeesus. Hard to think of an ex MP who more deserves to return than @NgatiBird though.
Labour party without Jones is a better electoral prospect. More cohesive, unified & willing to work with allies. This leaves them stronger.
On an unrelated matter, Cunlffe's leadership now seems safer.
New fisheries role $350k. Travel allowance $200k. Staffing $150k. Getting rid of the only threatening opposition MP....priceless.
I'm more surprised by Jones sticking around after the leadership snub than I am by him eventually leaving, no matter where.
And while I'm at it the poor member for Dunedin South the disloyal Clare Curran. She should hold hands with Prasad and plank it too.
Some interesting revisionism going on; Shane Jones as the youthful and impressive hope for Labour. Lol.
My timeline tells me that a whole lot of Green party supporters are stoked that Shane Jones has left Labour
Goff Mallard and King should have walked the plank.
Damn, I was aiming for that sweet fisheries job. Got anything else available Murray?
But hey, Kelvin Davis! There's an upside. He was a gem last term.
This isn't a McCully masterstroke, it's a Labour cock up. The party drove away its best performing MP, National didn't lure him.
@MorganGodfery Best-performing MP? Seriously? He really isn’t.
But I guess this is a win for the majority of the party who despised him, despite his strong performance this year. No else was stepping up.
@MorganGodfery He was unpopular in the party on account of his frequent outbursts of dickishness, attitude to women, etc.
Hey Nats! Two more positions for Goff and Mallard? Sports? Something?
In typical Labour style, the party is rejuvenating by getting rid of one of its younger, more effective MPs.
@LewSOS He turns 55 this year. He’s hardly a youngster.
Also opening up spokesperson roles within the party: Maori Affairs, forestry, economic dev, & building
A man who was a lion in the house a couple of weeks ago is now a government lamb. We deserve to know the workings of how this happened.
If Shane Jones (@matuashane) is quitting Parliament to work in a Government role, this is some House of Cards-level action from Key.
Opening up: seats on Finance & Expenditure, Primary Production select cttees. Plus flow-on changes #MovesOnChessboard
Maybe Tariana was right and Labour doesn't deserve the Maori vote. They're trying so very hard to lose it.
@MorganGodfery What exactly would you say Labour has done to Shane Jones to drive him out?
A strange way to court the Maori vote, though. Driving away your best performing MP and best connection to the Maori electorate.
National working high and low to undermine Labour. Must be a bit worried... After Shane Jones, who will be next target?
With Jones exiting politics who will lead NZ First once @winstonpeters kicks the bucket???
Is this Labour's version of renewal?
Let's not romanticise Shane Jones' performance as an MP. Sure, some people loved him, some loathed. But he's just not a team player.
I'd argue we need more like Shane Jones not less.
( @matuashane has done great work on Countdown recently, but its the highlight of a lacklustre career. Up or out)
Here's hoping for Goff/Mallard/King successive retirement announcements #nzpol (with greatest respect to their various accomplishments)
Welcome aboard HMNZS National @matuashane
Cue wailing and gnashing of teeth from the people within labour who still harbored hopes of actually winning in September #nzpol
Expecting the valedictory to be rather entertaining, almost certainly Wed 7 May (Members Day) #NoInsideKnowledge
Wira Gardiner happy with return on his donation #nzpol
Astonishing news on @matuashane - travelled Pacific with him: no more insightful that the average tourist - now to be a eco diplomat? wow
Pacific Economic Ambassador. Gotta say, that's genuis. Look fwd to Aus&Fiji media, also China reaction on that also
Wow is Wira Gardiner the new DotCom when it comes to claiming political scalps? Let's hope his next political victim is his wife
The last MP focused on jobs and growth in @nzlabour is hitting the road.
I trust the Taxpayers Union will be all over this plum job McCully has invented for Shane Jones.
R.I.P The Labour Right, and its last remaining connection to Waitakere Man.
Unlike Don Brash, Shane Jones @matuashane is a man of principle who knows which side his toast is buttered on. Congrats Murray McCully.
I imagine @GarethMP is popping the champagne corks about now.
But seriously, 2013, serious leadership contender, mana restored, 2014 fucks right off and decides to work for my mob. WTF.
Labour has now well and truly lost any hope of getting back Waitakere Man. They're now a fringe party of interest groups who hate each other
Jones will fulfill his role as 'Pacific Ambassador' by declaring war on all Melanesia and building a closer relationship with Iceland
Shane Jones to leave Labour. Banning Nigella the last straw #ColdDeadHands
We'll always have the porn, the supermarket scandals, the colourful phrasing.
@matuashane Labour has just lost its biggest asset. Is this enough to get David Cunliffe back from holiday?
Shane Jones quitting Labour to go work for the National Government !!!