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Swapping Ardern for King may be similar to rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic, except these deck chairs have been freshly upholstered with a bright festive fabric.  

The real question:  Is this a good move for Jacinda?   As Labour will inevitably not end up as the major party in a coalition later this year, and all the sharpened knives have been left sheathed until after the election, how will Jacinda fare after another historic Labour loss?

Will she be expecting to have a run at the leadership position?   The union lobby doesn’t back that.  And neither would her colleagues.  The most likely scenario is that the new leader will pick a different deputy to make it clear the Little/Ardern fiasco is in the past.

I do believe she can recover from it as she won’t be seen as the actual reason for Labour’s continued failure.  But it does mean her career will take a step back to allow people to “forget” she was part of the Little Disaster.

Her smartest move now is to make sure she builds profile without being seen as Andrew Little’s closest ally.


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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.

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 who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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

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