Is this how democracy works in Labour?
David Cunliffe is going to announce his candidacy for the Lame Duck Party leadership this afternoon, and has already been working the membership.
In Invercargill, for example, he’s told a former unelected failed MP that she will be back on the List for the next election if she can deliver all the local electoral college votes. . .
If this is true – and I know enough to not always trust the grapevine – it’s not a good reflection on the candidates or party.
Electoral law requires parties to select lists democratically, I don’t think a promise of a List place in return for votes would qualify as democratic outside the Labour Party.
Although of course a list place isn’t the same as a list seat so it’s an empty promise anyway.