John Armstrong: Moore throws open debate on leadership's style and content

John Armstrong: Moore throws open debate on leadership's style and contentPained as Labour must feel right now about heeding any advice from Mike Moore, the party should not dismiss this week's diatribe out of hand. The basic thrust of Moore's message to Labour in his opinion piece in Wednesday's Herald… [NZ Politics]

John Armstrong continues to give the Mike Moore story legs.

[quote]Pained as Labour must feel right now about heeding any advice from Mike Moore, the party should not dismiss this week's diatribe out of hand. The basic thrust of Moore's message to Labour in his opinion piece in Wednesday's Herald was that the party is crowding out its core messages with its fixation on John Key. Labour is consequently seen by voters to be losing the plot.

Moore could have made that point just as tellingly without likening Helen Clark's modus operandi to Sir Robert Muldoon's unpleasant excoriation of his political foes.

The only conclusion to be drawn from Moore's choice of slur was that he was out to cause trouble for Labour at an already difficult time – and trouble for Clark in particular.

One way to get people to start talking about the leadership is to intimate that an internal debate is already under way.

However, Moore's extravagant language also meant his underlying message got lost in the uproar over whether Clark is Muldoonist and Moore's motives for saying she is.

But Moore was right about one thing. To say the Beehive is obsessed with Key is an understatement.

Labour believes if it can destroy Key, it will puncture National's support in the polls and make next year's election potentially winnable.[/quote]

To quote Daryl Kerrigan, "They're Dreamin'" 

 


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