D for democracy

Part of the blame for the poor showing by Kris Faafoi in the Mana by-election can be laid on Labour’s poor selection processes. The union and head office candidate selected wasn’t the one preferred by most members in the electorate.

The party is now facing selection problems in Manuwera:

A by-election in the Labour held Manurewa seat is looking increasingly likely as Labour’s ruling council calls the bluff of sitting MP George Hawkins.

Hawkins has been threatening to resign from Parliament for months unless his preferred candidate, Ian Dunwoodie, is chosen. . .

The seven nominees for Manurewa are list MP Ashraf Choudhary, Dunwoodie, union organiser Jerome Mika, lawyer Amelia Schaaf, human resources manager Shane Te Pou, company director Raj Thandi and former MP Louisa Wall.

Mika has the backing of Labour’s most powerful union affiliate the EPMU.

No sitting MP, or any other individual, should be able to dictate who is selected as a candidate, but allowing head office and unions to have more say than individual members is just as undemocratic.

Labour gets a D for democracy which raises a question: how can a party run a democratic government when it can’t even run a democratic selection?

3 Responses to D for democracy

  1. Adolf Fiinkensein says:

    The answer is simple.

    It can’t.

    That’s why it was thrown out.

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  2. pdm says:

    What Adolf said.

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  3. Tanz says:

    Ha ha ha, democracy and Labour, very funny. They are a law unto themselves and do not care about democracy, only their own little agenda. They got chucked out alright, and are still being caned by the electorate at large. They haven’t changed their ways, they just say that they have. Same old faces, same old.

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