Labour’s leadership battle will look like 300


Labour’s leadership battle is shaping up to be an epic re-run of the battle scenes in 300.

Blood and guts everywhere.

It’s going to be awesome.

Fairfax reports on the contenders for leader and deputy. They are:

David Cunliffe
Grant Robertson
David Shearer
David Parker
Jacinda Ardern
Andrew Little
Stuart Nash
Nanaia Mahuta
Annette King
Sue Moroney
Chris Hipkins

More than one third of the Labour caucus are having a crack at being leader or deputy leader.

Moroney is the most hilarious. Her entire political credentials involve increasing the majority of whatever National party candidate has the good fortune of having her stand against them. I call it The Moroney Effect.

Andrew Little can’t even win a seat, neither can Jacinda Ardern. Darren Hughes’ Landlady, Annette King, would make a good caretaker leader until the bloodbath is resolved, but the reality is Labour’s talen pool is as shallow as a car-park puddle.

Labour’s leadership battle is going to be bloody, spectacular and ultimately futile as the party rends its self asunder.


– Fairfax

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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.  And 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.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.