Is anyone running labour?

Labour MP Peeni Henare has backed fellow party member Willie Jackson’s call to dump the party policy of shutting down all charter schools.

One of Labour’s core policies is to repeal the legislation under which the schools operate.

Labour list candidate Willie Jackson also heads the Manukau Urban Māori Authority, which runs the charter school Te Kura Māori o Waatea in South Auckland.

Mr Jackson said yesterday he would not sacrifice that school for a seat in Parliament, and was also advocating for other schools to remain open if there was a change of government.

Party leader Andrew Little said that was Mr Jackson own view, but he was adamant the party’s policy – to repeal the law that allows such schools to operate – had not changed.

That’s what Andrew brought on himself by forcing Jackson in, and now another Labour MP is showing loyalty to Jackson rather than party.

They might need Bill English to come in and sort it out.  I’m sure Henare “misspoke” and “is getting used to the language”.

Neither National nor Labour are happy places.



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