Matt McCarten closely inspecting real estate listings in Takapuna
Labour yesterday spent the day talking about the appointment of a tax cheat as David Cunliffe’s chief of staff as a ‘game changer’.
This is curious…very curious. Why?
Well because the role of a chief of staff is to manage the staff in the leaders office, manage the leader and provide political advice. Labour apologists have been at pains to point out every time someone says “lurch to the left” that a Chief of Staff does not do policy. So, quite how someone who doesn’t do policy is a ‘game changer’ is beyond me.
This morning has been wall to wall coverage of Matt McCarten as the ‘game changer’.
Can anyone remember an interview of Heather Simpson, arguably one of the most effect chiefs of staff in modern politics?
What about an interview with Wayne Eagleson?
No, didn’t think so. A chief of staff is a shadow dweller, if they are in the news or the news then something bad is happening.
There is a great deal of uneasiness inside Labour right now. Matt McCarten has spent half a generation bagging the Labour party and now is in the inner sanctum. Many Labour people I spoke to yesterday predicted that it will end in tears and the destruction of the Labour party.
But why is Matt McCarten a ‘game changer’. His political record is chequered to say the least. That is being polite. His only real claim to fame is the emergence of the Alliance, and of course its subsequent destruction. Everything else since has been a failure, even his UNITE union, which still has a massive unpaid tax bill as a result of Matt McCarten’s actions.Â Read more »