After Labour’s worst defeat of 80 years, what do you do with the strategy team?

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Labour leader Andrew Little has appointed left wing strategist Matt McCarten as his chief of staff.

Mr McCarten was chief of staff for former leader David Cunliffe and was kept on in a temporary basis after Mr Little won the leadership a month ago.

Mr McCarten’s appointment in February stunned the Labour caucus because as a founder of the break-away Alliance, he had spent years opposing Labour.

But he has earned the trust of MPs and staff with his strategic skills and people management skills.

Mr Little has been reviewing the leaders’ office. Yesterday he confirmed Mr McCarten’s appointment and all other staff will be kept on.

Mr McCarten helped to found the militant Unite Union for low paid workers and Mr Little is a former national secretary of the Engineers’ Union.

The only way this makes sense is when you explain it as union-ordered.

But then Labour haven’t made any sense for a long time.   So it’s probably just gob smacking incompetence.  I’ve never heard of any sports team or political party that kept their strategist after the biggest loss in generations.

Tee hee.

 

– Audrey Young, NZ Herald


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