Labour’s inept campaign strategist, Trevor Mallard, is strangely silent on Twitter these days. After spending months telling caucus that Labour would win the campaign with social media he is now deathly quiet.
When Mallard is quiet then something is being plotted.
Fellow MP Trevor Mallard was unwilling to say who he backed. Asked whether the Labour number nine had any future leadership aspirations, he said: “You never know.”
That is quite a movement from his previous statements rejecting outright the leadership of Labour. Bryce Edwards thinks that Mallard could be a good caretaker leader though:
Edwards agrees the party has to get back to its roots. Mallard’s best days are over, but he would be a good caretaker leader, he says: “The party could use his mongrel, street-fighting sense to bring the party back to something that isn’t totally media-managed and scripted. At present it reeks of being a party of middle-income people and careerists.”
Michael Wood, the man who wanted ban penis-lollies, would have something to say about a resurgent Trevor Mallard though:
List candidate and Goff campaign manager Michael Wood, who at 32 on the list also missed out, is another one to watch, the source says. “They have to find spaces for these people. They have to ease people out of the party. They need to pick people solely on their ability.” Fenton, Ruth Dyson, Rajen Prasad and Trevor Mallard all need to go, he says.
For once I am in agreement with
Michael Wood, Mallard needs to go.
UPDATE: I have received and email from Michael Wood who says those weren’t his words. I have re-read the passage and It may well be my poor comprehension.
Here is what Michael had to say:
None of those comments were mine, in fact there isn’t a single comment from me in the entire article. The comments are all from the source referred to throughout the article. The way that the para is written is slightly confusing so I can see how a genuine mis-reading of it could occur.
You may have a genuine view that I am an idiot, but I can assure you that I have a strong policy of not publicly calling for the heads of senior party MPs who I like and respect. In fact, on the basis that I am the narcissistic, careerist lickspittle you seem to think I am, you’d have to concede that a comment like that would be an unlikely act of self-immolation.
Michael might not think Mallard has to go, I how differ from the opinion, and am prepared to say so.