Another moment of clarity for Danyl

Danyl at Dimpost has another moment of clarity, the second time in a week.

I have no idea what’s happened in Andrew Little’s office, or why his Chief of Staff has stepped down. I haven’t even heard plausible rumours. But I keep reading these takes in which McCarten shifting back to Auckland is somehow ‘good news for Labour’ or ‘a smart strategic move’. It is neither of these things. Being without a Chief of Staff AND a Communications Director less than a year from the start of an election campaign is not smart, or strategic, it is a catastrophically bad position for a political party to be in: a harbinger of doom.

Those senior staffer positions are stressful. People burn out, or get fed up, or just want to do something else with their lives. But the Opposition Leader’s Chief of Staff is in line to become the Prime Minister’s Chief of Staff, who is one of the most powerful people in the country. It is a position a professional political operative willingly step downs from about as frequently as an Opposition Leader willingly steps down, ie pretty much never.

He’s dead right.

Word is it was a palace coup of sorts. There is no way they can sack Andrew Little for Labour’s poor performance, and Grant Robertson is frustrated by the lack of good publicity for his slogan-fest otherwise known as The Future of Work Commission. A scapegoat needed to be found and that was McCarten.

The problem, however, is that McCareten knows where all the bodies are buried, after all, he buried most of them. So, a soft sacking was needed.

Matt McCarten has never succeeded with any party he has been involved with. Mind you he doesn’t really care, he’s probably glad he can get back to finding solace in the arms of the frequenters of Ponsonby road bars or random strays from overseas.


– Dimpost

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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.