No poofters, or can Robbo be PM?

Grant Robertson

Audrey Young questions whether Labour can elect Grant Robertson as leader.

But even Labour has some way to go in terms of tolerance – it is no secret that despite Grant Robertson’s popularity among MPs and party activists as a leadership contender, his sexuality was a defining disqualification for some in the party.

The internal tension between a focus on so-called identity politics versus a focus on so-called traditional values of working people will continue until it gains the Government benches again.

So far the answer is no. He has lost two leadership battles, and has clearly stated he will not run for leader again.

Mr Robertson offered his congratulations to Mr Little and said he remained committed to the Labour party, but never in a leadership sense.

“I want to make clear that having put myself forward for the leadership on two occasions now that I will not do so again,” Mr Robertson said

So, there is a very obvious barrier to Robbo winning the Labour leadership. He cannot be leader if he doesn’t run, and it is fair to assume that if he does run there will be a lot of people reminding him of this statement.

The bigger question about Robbo being PM is whether he can raise the funds to run a good campaign. So far he has been in the engine room of two Labour election campaigns and, on both occasions, Labour have been flat broke. You can’t win campaigns without money, yet Robbo has not used his position to build relationships with donors to fund a winning election campaign. Fundraising capability should be of more concern to Labour than sexuality.


– Stuff, One News

Do you want:

  • ad-free access?
  • access to our very popular daily crossword?
  • access to Incite Politics magazine articles?

Silver subscriptions and above go in the draw to win a $500 prize to be drawn at the end of March.

Not yet one of our awesome subscribers? Click Here and join us.