Labour leader Andrew Little is to open a new Labour Party office in Auckland and re-deploy his chief of staff Matt McCarten as Labour prepares for battle in 2017.
Little said Labour’s new office in Auckland would open by the end of September and McCarten had offered to head it.
It was part of the planning for election year, including how to target the voter-rich Auckland.
McCarten had volunteered to take on the role and was not being pushed.
“He wanted to do it. His strength is in the networks and setting up programmes and places for me to go to and getting stuff organised. And that is what I need.”
Was Andrew Little a teacher once?
It’s not the winning or losing, it is the participation that counts.
Gold star to Matthew McCarten for participating in politics!
It appears to be time for Whaleoil to undo the spin and tell everyone what is really going on.
This is a ‘soft firing’ of McCarten. The EPMU have been slowly isolating him from Andrew Little, and McCarten no longer has Little’s ear.
Two consecutive election losses all land on McCarten’s plate. Somehow he managed to spin the first one as being the result of the revolving leader issues at Labour.
The second one, the Dirty Politics / Vote Positive campaign led Labour to it’s largest loss in 70 something years and has put the 100 year old party in serious danger of becoming a minnow party.
Don’t underestimate the amount of dirt McCarten had on his hands working hand in dirty glove with that paragon of virtue, Mr Kim Dotcom. Dotcom dictated Labour’s IT policy via Clare Curran when she moved into the mansion pulling her little suitcase on wheels along.
“There’s a lot of people involved in the decision making and the strategy making, this won’t cause any disruption” Andrew Little re McCarten
McCarten could not be gotten rid of by firing him. He really knows too much. Labour had to find a way to offer him an “exit plan” that would ensure he is still kept in the fold and puts him outside the reach of other interested parties that may want to get access to all that institutional knowledge that he carries.
Make no mistake: McCarten has been a dead man walking inside Labour for some time. Running the Auckland branch office is hardly a step up, but it guarantees his silence.
– Claire Trevett, NZ Herald