The Zombie Apocalypse

In 2008 New Zealand voted out Helen Clark and her failed regime.

She was replaced by her old failed team and they took Labour to a worse result in 2011.

Now they are talking about taking Labour through to the next election.

Supporting cast:

Jacinda Ardern: Young and glamorous. Lost narrowly in Auckland Central, but seen as a face for the future. May want to wait before she takes a tilt at the top echelons, but is being advised to grasp the chance when it comes. Could be a contender for deputy if Labour reaches for the change levers.

Trevor Mallard: Could fill in as finance spokesman if one of the other contenders bails out in a fit of pique. Strong debater and shadow leader of the House.

Shane Jones: Will probably get a prominent role because Labour is moving strongly to reclaim the Maori vote. Not in the front row of leadership contenders, and has lost many of his caucus advocates at the election. A powerful debater.

Annette King: Mother of the party and will be highly ranked – Labour needs women in high places – if she wants to stay.

Phil Goff: Can command a high spot and could take foreign affairs or leader of the House.

Only Jacinda is not a political zombie tarnished by close connections of the failed Clark regime. The others the public have decided are not for them and John Key must be thinking he is truly blessed if Labour keep King, Mallard and Goff in senior positions.

Labour need a clean out as the public have clearly showed over two elections. They need new people in senior positions so the public don’t see the same failed politicians trying to sell the same failed policies. Putting King, Mallard and Goff on the back bench would be the best thing a new leader could do to improve Labour’s chances.

Labour needs a “Zombie Survival Plan” before they need anything else. What are they going to do with their pending Zombie Apocalypse.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

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