Gower gives Willie the Manukau hug

Patrick Gower gives Willie Jackson a full face Manukau hug aka “The Bash”.

Willie Jackson has gone all “sooky-bubba” and made the Labour list announcement all about his fall.

It is unfortunate because it should be about the rise of newcomer Willow-Jean Prime.  

Rather than Willie’s falling star, the story should be about Willow-Jean’s rising one.

This should have been a story about how Willow-Jean Prime was an outstanding new candidate with a high list spot.

She is a lawyer, young mother, a Far North district councillor. She does it all – and has got it all.

She is Māori, likeable, she fights for the North, is battle-hardened after the Northland by-election – and most importantly, she’s real.

Willow-Jean Prime is great, but in a symbolic brain-fade on The AM Show this morning Willie Jackson could not even remember her name.

This should also have been a story about the other great female candidates like top-flight lawyer Kiri Allan or policy analyst Priyanca Radhakrishnan

But Labour being Labour and Willie being Willie the story was all about his ego and him trying to bully his way up list and some standard shambolic political management.

The truth is Willie Jackson didn’t like being ranked behind women like Willow-Jean Prime, and had a cry about it.

He needs to wake up and realise this: it is 2017, Willie.

Willow-Jean is a good candidate, and I suspect her elevation is because Sue Moroney no longer has the power to make sure better candidates are well below her on the list.

I still consider Willie Jackson a mate, but he really screwed the pooch on this one by believing in a promise Andrew Little could never deliver on. He quit his job on radio and now he is a campaign serf for Little’s losing Labour party.

Still, at least he has his government funded troughs to fall back on after the election.


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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.