Can Grant Robertson ever be Leader of the Labour Party?

Gracinda is grumpy

Don’t worry dear, another 18 months of destabilisation and it will be our turn

Yesterday was a devastating day for Grant Robertson.

He has yet again lost the Labour leadership, and lost it despite getting 18 votes out of 32 in caucus.

Robertson was the front runner after the first ballot but he did not manage to win enough votes from caucus to over come his weakness with the members and the unions.

The members voted narrowly in favour of him over Andrew Little, but he did not manage to pick up many of Nanaia Mahuta or David Parker’s preferences, scarcely budging at all after the first ballot.

Robertson now faces a career defining decision.  

Does he accept that he can never be Labour leader under the current system, and does he decide to take on the Michael Cullen type role where he supports someone else while taking the second most important position in Labour. Or does he continue to undermine the leader and attempt to win a third election.

He has already stated that he will never again run for the Labour leadership, but you know the old shibboleth about being able to tell that a politician is lying because his lips are moving. Even Bill English harbours delusions of once again having a tilt at leadership.

But people inside to the Robertson camp have been saying that Robertson has had his last chance.

He has cannot win under this electoral college system, and he needs to give up now.

The problem is that because he was so close this time he will believe he might be able to do it if he can just destabilise Little enough to force another ballot.


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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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