Labour appoints Parker in Epsom

David Parker has announced that he will run in Epsom.

What has become of the admittedly small amount of democracy that used to exist in Labour party selections? When was the selection meeting? What about the hordes of union flunkies being bussed in to ensure the selection?

Perhaps the strangest thing of all was that the candidate announced his own selection.

Labour made a big song and dance about National allegedly stitching up selections but this is clearly one of the biggest stitch-ups going. Where is Grant Robertson’s press release about this stitch-up? Or is he staying silent because he is in Parker’s camp running the numbers for him?

Is there any leadership in Labour anymore or are they now just a collection of individuals looking out for themselves and jockeying for the leadership?


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  • Parker’s going to be a three-time loser. He lost his Otago seat to Jacqui Dean in 2005, couldn’t win it back in 2008 (Waitaki), and will come third at best in Epsom. Perhaps he’s being lined up to take over Roskill when Phil Goff retires in December, although the good folk of Roskill might even stuff that plan up and turf Goff out in November!