Labour candidate bails before the election

“Who do you trust?” – a bit of nostalgia

Labour is seeking a new person to run in East Coast Bays after its candidate withdrew from the race.

Rohan Lord, a former America’s Cup sailor and Olympic sailing coach, has decided not to stand in the electorate.

Labour general secretary Andrew Kirton said Lord’s personal circumstances had changed, but he did not give any further detail.

He said being a political candidate was a big commitment, and it was not uncommon for one or two people change their minds.

Right.  So that’s the spin.  What is Lord’s real reason for running away?  

However, Newstalk ZB reports Lord pulled the plug because he’s not happy with being 72nd on the Party list.

The former Yachting New Zealand and London Olympics team manager had been keen to use his business and fundraising background to knuckle down and make some changes in the seat that’s been held by outgoing National MP Murray McCully since 1987.

But Lord told Newstalk ZB when he was told his list-place he was left disheartened.

“I’ve got a lot of respect for the other candidates, for different reasons, getting up and giving it a go. But I can’t see anyone on the list with my business-like experience – and I think they need that.

“People, with all due respect, who’re 21 [and have] limited experience, were higher on the list than me.”

I can’t help but laugh.  He wants to join an organisation that places a 21 year old higher on the list than him… why?   I guess he saw the light.

Lord said in the end he couldn’t see a future for himself as a Labour candidate, but he respects all those who are.

“I know some of the reasons why. They talk about a 50/50 woman, man split in caucus and I agree with that. And I’m saying this in a real positive way. But if you’re woman, you’re ethnic, or Maori, you’re higher on the list than anyone who’s white, male or middle class. I just couldn’t see a path forward at all.

“If the current rules stay the same in the Labour caucus there’s no chance for white, middle class men – unless you’ve been around for a very long time. But that’s just reality, whether it’s good or bad, it’s reality.”

And Lord clearly doesn’t support the Labour movement enough to campaign for the party vote.  It’s all about him.


– NZ Herald

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