The Labour leadership spill is already a farce and yesterday it became more of a farce with strong rumours that acting, temporary leader David Parker will also enter the race.
Will he now stand down and hand of the acting temporary leadership to another hapless fool?
The Labour leadership will be a four-way race when David Parker throws his hat in the ring today.
It is a change of heart from Parker, Labour’ s finance spokesman and acting leader since David Cunliffe stepped down, who had previously ruled out standing. Insiders suggest his about-turn is a response to the party tearing itself apart in recent weeks.
But the move could also be a case of Parker driving a stake in the ground after the emergence of dark horse candidate Andrew Little.
Little launched his bid by signalling he’d dismantle Parker’s flagship economic policies including raising the pension age and a capital gains tax.
Parker is popular with the party and carries mana within the Labour caucus and will take votes away from caucus favourite Grant Robertson.
But Little’s targeting of contentious policies such as raising the pension age, free doctor’s visits for over 65s and a capital gains tax, has resonated with many in the party.
Parker has put up his hand for the leadership previously but withdrew, in part because of concerns over headlines about his personal life. ¬† Read more »