Kelvin Davis is more honourable than Hone Harawira.
I’ll prove it but first we need to look at Andrea Vance’s article about the whole Hone vs Kelvin issue.
Is there a dirty deal underway in Te Tai Tokerau?¬† Short answer: no.
Emails leaked to TV3 at the weekend purportedly show Labour HQ had warned Te Tai Tokerau candidate Kelvin Davis off a smear campaign against Mana leader Hone Harawira.
Political watchers jumped to the conclusion that that meant Labour campaign managers wanted potential coalition partner Harawira to win the seat.
A victory would coat-tail in Laila Harre and some other Internet-Mana candidates, boosting left-bloc numbers.
This theory falls down because the emails do not explicitly say any such thing.
The emails don’t prove there is a deal Andrea, I’ll give you that….but it is an indicator that there is a deal in place, just the same as no signage in the electorate and no Labour people campaigning anywhere on behalf of Kelvin Davis says the same.
Labour people who have worked in the electorate for decades are telling me there is a deal, party apparatchiks are saying the same thing. There is a deal and until David Cunliffe categorically rules out any such deal with Hone Harawira, Man, Internet Mana or any of the iterations that could exists to prop up, support, or anything else then there is a deal in place and everything else is weasel words from one of the biggest weasels in parliament.
Instead, they are consistent with Labour’s campaign message: Vote Positive. Leader David Cunliffe made a ”sledge pledge” last month and has repeatedly stood by his assertion that the public dislike negative campaigning.
If there is anything to be drawn from these emails, it should be the timing of the leak, rather than their content. ¬†This is right-wing mischief making. ¬†¬† Read more »