Labour is accusing National of a stitch-up in the selection of Paul Goldsmith as the Epsom electorate candidate.
National has the most democratic selection process and most difficult to rig of any party in New Zealand.
At least 60 members in the electorate, who have been in the party for at least 6 months, choose the candidate by preferential voting.
It would be impossible for National’s board or leadership to influence selection. Such is the feeling about the importance of local selection, any attempt to sway the vote would almost certainly have the opposite affect.
It’s more than a bit rich for Labour to make this accusation against National when its selection process can be not just swayed but determined by unions and/or the party hierarchy.
It’s even richer if the rumour Kiwiblog reports is true – that Labour’s leadership and council have selected list MP David Parker as their Epsom candidate.
Keeping Stock has another example of Labour’s leadership exerting its power in last year’s selection for Mana.