Abandoning ship is a better option than rearranging the deckchairs

Long term Labour supporters and even former ministers and MPs are quietly abandoning the formerly good ship Labour.Some are not so quietly doing, like Dover Samuels, who took it upon himself to ring Radio LIve and tell the listeners that he has had enough.

Former Labour minister Dover Samuels says he won’t be voting for the party at the election.

He cited the party’s opposition to the Puhoi to Wellsford extension and Leader David Cunliffe’s “prima donna grandstanding” over the issue of sexual violence.

The former Maori Affairs Minister who now serves on the Northland Regional Council confirmed the Herald this morning he did not intend giving his party vote to Labour.

“Labour’s moved away from me, I’ve never moved away from Labour. I’m as staunch of the principles of Labour as I ever was, since the days of Mickey Savage.”

He indicated he would be voting for NZ First.

“Winston Peters has been somebody that certainly has been an advocate of the regions and I’m a regional councillor and I find that spokespersons for the Labour Party have really turned their backs on some of the initiatives that the Northland Council have been advocating.” ??

He pointed to Labour’s plan to indefinitely postpone the Puhoi to Wellsford extension which it derides as “the holiday highway”.

” I don’t know where they got that from but the Puhoi road is integral to Northland’s economic future.”

Labour’s insistence on petty name calling of SH1 has cost them many, many party votes in Northland.

They’d rather abandon an entire province and pour the money into a rail folly for Auckland.

These are the choices that Labour continue to make and it is little wonder that people see them as political charlatans for saying one thing and doing another.

They profess to care about the provinces and yet they are abandoning Northland.


– NZ Herald