I covered this earlier today, Duncan is on it too
Three Labour MPs have broken ranks in recent weeks â€“ quite loudly and very publicly.
They are interested in one thing: self-preservation. They want to win their seats and theyâ€™ve given up relying on their party. They are clearly concerned Labour will poll poorly on election night, so theyâ€™ve decided to run their own campaigns â€“ away from head office and away from the leader.
These MPs have either chosen not to be on the list or they have a low-list spot. They are vulnerable. Itâ€™s all or nothing for them.
They must win their seats to return to Parliament; this sort of pressure usually focuses an MPâ€™s mind.
They want to be back in Parliament and they want the $150k salary.
Iâ€™m talking about West Coast-Tasman MP, Damien Oâ€™Connor, Hutt South MP, Trevor Mallard and list MP and Te Tai Tokerau candidate, Kelvin Davis.
Take Davis: yesterday he engaged Labour in its biggest u-turn in years. He told me he supported the Puhoi-Wellsford road project that his party has openly mocked and criticised.
Labour MPs call it the holiday highway; David Cunliffe has campaigned against it. Labour, until yesterday, was going to can the project upon taking office. Who knows where they stand now!
Davis told me people in the north tell him they want the controversial project and so does he.
Jobs, transport, industry, tourism. Â Yeah, controversial indeed. Â If only Labour supported ‘radical’ ideas like that.