I have said for years that labour is deep trouble, and my reasoning has been that Helen Clark so dominated Labour in the late 90s and up until 2008 that she built the party in her image and required that those selected as MPs beneath her would never be of a calibre to ever challenge her. She maintained a strict ratio of the factions and indeed created more factions.
Once she left however the wheels started to come off the trolley.
Kiwi in America writes at David Farrar’s art, lifestyle, fitness and travel blog about this precise issue. It is TL;DR to most but I have taken the time to read it and found the best bit.
Cunliffeâs failings as LOO have been well canvassed on this and other right leaning blogs and in the mainstream media. They are real and look set to seal Labourâs fate in 2014 barring some catastrophic scandal from Key and the Nats. But really the premise of this essay is that Labour would be in this pickle regardless of who in the current caucus was the leader. Clark made sure that no charismatic rising star would ever make it to caucus or Cabinet to interfere with her goal of winning four elections and eclipsing Holyoake as the longest serving NZ PM in the modern party era. I alluded to one such person I met in my time in Labour who, absent Clark and the sisterhoodâs purge, would be causing Key and National major heartburn if he were the LOO today. Clark dispatched him and many others like him. Look at Labourâs entire caucus. Who in there could seriously challenge Key? There is no one. Read more »