The Dom Post editorial pulls no punches
Politicians who are past their use-by date rarely go voluntarily. And perhaps Labour leader David Cunliffe decided that a forced purge would simply be too damaging to a party that is already in trouble. Renewal can be another name for bloodbath, although National has managed to refresh its line-up without great strife. Perhaps renewal is easier in a party that is doing well.
So we are left with the current caucus dominating the winnable list, and a number of unimpressive MPs in constituency seats. These are of course more difficult to shift than list candidates who can simply be moved down the rankings. But someone should have tried harder to persuade Ruth Dyson to retire this time. The West Coast’s Damien O’Connor and Mangere’s Su’a William Sio similarly add no value to the Labour Party brand and should move on. Hutt South’s Trevor Mallard dresses up his decision not to seek a list place as a magnanimous gesture to help Kelvin Davis in the north. But Mallard’s is a solid working class seat and if he can’t win it for Labour he shouldn’t seek a lifeboat on the list.
Dysfunctional is the word to describe the Labour party. Â They can’t shift the career troughers that are hogging the party’s safe seats. Â Their list is populated and arranged by gender, sexual orientation and union balance. Â Their new talent won’t even make it to parliament because they are too far down the list.
And to top it all off, there is a near vacuum of talent dragging everything towards an election oblivion. Â Read more »