If you ever needed a sign in 2014 that your party needs rejuvenation, it’s your deputy leader telling the press that “The 1980s were much worse” [for Labour].
Labour’s caucus met [yesterday]Â and its former leader David Cunliffe resigned while David Parker was elevated from deputy leader to acting leader with Annette King as his deputy.
Ms King denied it was the most torrid time faced by Labour in her experience.
“The 1980s were much worse,” she said.
“Whenever there is a loss by a party there is going to be a time of turbulence. I have to say I’ve been there and seen that before. We will get through it, and we will come out of it and will be a strong party. This isn’t a permanent position.”
Mr Parker said he and Ms King – “the grandmother of the party now” – were chosen because they could offer stability and impartiality in the interim.
Seriously, when you have a grandmother of the party, you’re screwed. Â This may not even be a two-term fix. Â This may end up being a three term fix. Â Read more »