Yesterday Vernon Small wrote about the biggest issue facing Labour ahead of this year’s election.
Well the biggest problem after the issue with their tits leader….rejuvenation…or rather the lack of it.
In politics rejuvenation rates alongside succession planning. Both are easy catchcries and generally seen as “a good thing”.
In reality they are a type of parliamentary Nimby-ism – nice to have if it is someone else who is vacating a seat, and fine as long as you are not the leader whose replacement is being groomed.
On the National side of the aisle rejuvenation is in full swing. At last count 14 MPs have either gone or are going out of a caucus of 59. It is generally accepted as a worthwhile and necessary refreshment of the party. Certainly it is being handled well and without any overt bloodletting. No dummies have been spat in the remaking of the National caucus.
Of course if the polls were different it would be a different story. Shave a theoretical five points off the Government and give it to the Opposition and the narrative might be akin to the “rats leaving a sinking ship” theme that Labour leader David Cunliffe has tried to get up.
But that just looks lame when the last three polls had National harvesting enough support to govern alone. Read more »