Labour’s bodies are piling up under the bus

Labour keeps pushing people under the bus in order to protect Andrew Little:

A member of Labour’s ruling council with links to the interns debacle has stood down, and the party is planning an investigation into how the scheme got out of hand.

Labour Leader Andrew Little on Tuesday said Paul Chalmers, who was connected with the scheme, had voluntarily stood down over the weekend “and he is not involved in the governing council of the party at this point”.

Little said it was also possible the party would have to cover some of the costs of the plan masterminded by Little’s former chief of staff Matt McCarten, who more recently was Little’s Auckland organiser but stood down from that role in mid May when his contract ended and was not renewed.

Little said the 85 who had signed up for the volunteer internships to help with campaigning were more than the party could handle. It had got “wildly out of control”. But it was not uncommon for a handful of interns to come during campaigns, for instance from Australia, the UK and the United States.

Little said the idea was raised with him at the start of the year and he had said it was a party issue and campaigning matter. He had not been kept in the loop since then, but became aware in May that a couple of students coming had contacted the party to say they were due to arrive.

At that point party representatives spoke to those involved, because they knew nothing about it. They were given assurances but no numbers were given.

“They were told it was funded and supported and there would be a programme for them.”

He was briefed about 10 days ago when complaints came in from the interns.

Cough, cough, bullshit.

Little has also claimed Labour had nothing to do with this when it demonstrably did. A member of the ruling council is now linked…and pushed under the bus…for his involvement.

If Labour weren’t involved then why has a member of their ruling council been pushed under the bus?

 

-Fairfax


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