Matthew Hooton thinks Shane Jones could well be the saviour of the Labour party but first he reviews the woeful performance of the current leader of the Labour party, David Cunliffe.
September 27 isÂ overwhelmingly favouredÂ but rumours persist John Key may opt for August or even July for the general election.
The rationale is to allow plenty of time for coalition negotiations, for a new government to be sworn in and for a properly mandated prime minister to represent New Zealand at the G20 and Apec leadersâ€™ meetings in November.
Whenever the election is held, Labour now risks another disaster.
In just the past seven days, David Cunliffe has admitted he made a fool of himself attackingÂ Mr Keyâ€™s lifestyle, been caught laundering campaign donations through aÂ secret trust, been embarrassed by his staff emailing hisÂ confidential ICT policyÂ to the government and faced questions over his failure to declareÂ another trustÂ until after his predecessor David Shearer was caught with an undisclosed $50,000+ offshore bank account.
Labour is now lower in the polls than when Mr Shearer resigned, Mr Cunliffeâ€™s personal popularity is worse than his ever was, and there is no evidence the Herne Bay multimillionaire has the skills connecting with the poor and downtrodden in South Auckland that he claimed.
The timing is tight but it is not yet too late for Labour to fix the mistake made by the unions and its membership last September. Â Read more »