Not only is Labour’s leadership race a public debacle, it moves people that think they have influence to publicly state what camp they are in. Whereas the loyalties and alliances were previously kept in the darker areas of the caucus rooms, with lots of back channel chats, threats and bribes, Labour’s new way means we get to see everyone wear their political heart on their sleeves.
Ex Labour Party president Mike Williams has put his name behind David Parker
David Parker has to be the front-runner for the Labour leadership. Excluding Nanaia Mahuta’s capricious candidacy, Andrew Little and Grant Robertson have too narrow an appeal and are making their moves prematurely.
First sentence. Mahuta’s a spoiled little Maori girl with delusions of grandeur. Little and Robertson are boring and gay. Ergo: Mister Grey Parker is the new
Parker has a warmth and authenticity that would make him a vote-winner in an election campaign. He notices and absorbs the world around him. He once told me a clear sign of growing inequality is to be found in the state of factory workers’ teeth.
He’s no slouch in an argument, as his bettering of Bill English in a recent TV debate demonstrated. Although you mightn’t associate “charisma” with Parker, you wouldn’t associate it with Jim Bolger, either, and he won three elections in a row.
So here’s Mike’s argument:
He has warmth! (eh?) He’s authentic (wot?) He cares about factory workers’ teeth (that’s going to bring the swing voters running back)
And look, I know he’s got all the charisma of a dead fish that’s been lying on the beach in the sun, but that didn’t stop Spud Bolger, eh? Eh?
But finally he comes to the real problem – Labour’s own suffocating internal rules. It doesn’t actually serve the party – it kills it Read more »