Grant Robertson wants to be judged on policy

Grant Robertson

Labour leadership hopeful Grant Robertson is relaxed about David Cunliffe supporters raising the issue of him being gay but he does not believe it will be a factor in their vote.

“There may well be some people who raise that. That’s fine. But that’s not where I think I’ll be judged.

“I’ll be judged, I’m sure, on my ability to reflect Labour values,” he said last night.

He said he was not defined by his sexuality.

“It’s an aspect of who I am just as I like rugby and drink beer and a few other things.”

Mr Robertson, the MP for Wellington Central, declared his intention to seek the leadership when David Cunliffe gave notice on Saturday that he would resign tomorrow and seek a new mandate.

He’s stuffed.


A party leader isn’t supposed to be the one generating policy.

Of course, we can’t judge him because he’s gay.  That would be so inappropriate these days.  But it is still a factor that will affect voters choices, so it must be part on what his leadership needs to be evaluated on.

We can’t judge him on his achievements.  He doesn’t have (m)any.  If anything, he’s only tilting for the leadership because he hasn’t actually done enough to upset anyone.

Do we judge him on being a total prick about Oravida for two months?   Is this the leader Labour wants?  Someone who can take a nothing issue and ride it until even the compliant media have had enough?

The only reason Grant Robertson is acceptable, is because he isn’t David Cunliffe.

As long as Labour sees him as a safer pair of hands that will be bumped off as soon as they find someone better, then I guess it’s a way out of their current mess.  At least the public will give Grant a fair go.  We’re not generally the kind to write people off unless they had a chance to stuff it up by themselves.


– NZ Herald

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