All I want is a seat somewhere/ I don’t care if it’s there or here/ Epsom, Roskill/I could if voters will/ ‘Woodn’t’ it be loverly?
Michael Wood stood for Labour in Epsom at the last election with no hope of winning the seat.
A lot of would-be MPs do that. It shows the party they’re committed and is good practice for if or when they’re given a chance in a seat they could win.
He’s now been selected as the Labour candidate for Mt Roskill to succeed Phil Goff either if he wins the Auckland Mayoralty or when he retires at the next election.
It is expected to be a tight race. National won the party vote in the electorate at the last election and will have a strong candidate in list MP Parmjeet Parmar.
Enter the Green Party stage left.
The party could be prepared to do a deal with Labour and not stand a candidate.
That’s were it gets a bit whiffy because both those parties have lost no opportunity to criticise what they call ‘dirty deals’ in other seats, including Epsom about which Wood said in 2014:
“We are calling for a straight contest and an end to the dodgy deals.”
. . . In fact he went as far as bringing a bag of flour along to debates to replace National candidate Paul Goldsmith who stepped aside to make way for ACT’s David Seymour.
“Every time that Paul Goldsmith fails to front in this campaign, we’re going to remind people about the dirty deal with this bag of wholemeal flour,” Wood said on The Nation’s Epsom debate. . .
He told The Nation that voters were sick of dirty deals. . . .
It won’t be easy for Wood – he needs the “dirty deal” he once supposedly despised.
My question is who is bringing the bag of Quinoa to debates to stand in for the Greens?
The Green candidate got 1682 votes at the last election. Even some of those could make the difference in a tight race.
Wood could well find himself falling off his high horse on what he used to think were ‘dirty deals’ if it’s going to give him a leg-up to the seat.