Labour chucks McCarten under the proverbial train

Labour are under pressure and the result of that pressure is to throw Matt McCarten under the proverbial train.

Their defences so far seem to be:

1) McCarten’s fault
2) No Labour involvement
3) We found one kid happy to lie for us

The kid they’ve put up actually doesn’t help them. My next post explains.  

As for no Labour involvement, the advertisements posted all over the world make that a bald faced lie.

So we are left with “It’s all McCarten’s fault”. Andrew Kirton has certainly been pushing McCarten under the oncoming train.

Labour Party general secretary Andrew Kirton said the party’s head office was not involved in running the programme, but stepped in and took over when it became aware of problems.

Except it was Labour staffers, Labour advertisements and Labour emails used to recruit the hapless students.

Students who wanted to stay on would be moved around the country and based with local campaign teams, while the party would cover the cost of changing flights for those who wanted to return home early.

“They’re a great bunch of young people – they’re great, talented and energetic and they want to campaign and get involved, so this is frustrating for them and it’s obviously frustrating for us but our main priority is making sure they’re sorted out and that’s why we’ve taken over.”

Kirton understood the students were in the country on working holiday visas, but could not confirm if that was the case or if the scheme had broken any employment or immigration laws.

“Certainly as we took over on Tuesday, we’ve been working to sort out Matt McCarten’s programme and we’ll continue to do that.”

There would be a “non-zero” cost to fixing the problems, but he did not yet know how much the bill would be or how it would be paid for. However, Labour would comply with all election spending regulations.

He would not comment on whether the party had been hypocritical, saying: “I’m not going to go anywhere near that.”

In a written statement to media, McCarten said he had set up the Campaign for Change programme after his contract with Labour ended in May.

The programme was supported by the Labour Party in Auckland, however I led and managed it.”

McCarten said the campaign was “extremely popular and quickly became oversubscribed”.

“The scale of the programme is now greater than I can manage, and I am aware of issues that this has caused.”

Labour’s head office had contacted him earlier this week, asking to take over the programme so it could deal with the problems. He had agreed and was no longer involved.

Labour and McCarten have lied from the get go on this “project”. It was obvious that it was recruiting for the “project” well before McCarten left in May. Most of the advertisements seem to have been placed between March and April.

It is disingenuous to suggest Labour either knew nothing or had nothing to do with this project.

They’ve been caught pants down trying to subvert campaigning laws and inadvertently possibly breached immigration laws along the way. On top of that, they’ve railed against slumlords, yet put their own people up in appalling conditions. Ignored their own rhetoric over low wages and the living wage and paid these people nothing. Then they’ve tried to hush it all up before someone leaked it to WOBH and Politik.

Labour looks very shabby in all of this.



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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.

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