The release of a party list ought to be a well managed positive PR opportunity.
Labour’s was not.
The seeds of trouble were planted months ago with rumbling’s over leader Andrew Little’s promise of a winnable list position for Willie Jackson.
Another trouble sprouted a few days ago when sitting list MP Sue Maroney announced she would stand down at the election because she wouldn’t have a winnable list position.
This confirms my contention that Labour’s anti-employer sentiments are based on its own mishandling of its people.
On the heels of Maroney’s announcement, the release of the list was delayed because Jackson had a tantrum.
This raises more questions about Little’s judgement and leadership.
Ironically Jackson’s chances of winning will increase if Labour’s sitting MPs in Maori Electorates, who chose not to be on the list, lose their seats to the Maori or Mana Parties.
. . .The first public fallout from the current Labour list preparation was the paid parental leave campaigner, 12 year veteran MP Sue Moroney who was a Cunliffe supporter, who said she’d lost the support of the party’s ruling council who’d given her an unelectable position so she’s quitting.
One would have thought before Labour made public when it’d be announcing its list, it would have ironed out those who could have been disgruntled with it. Yet again they’re spilling their guts in public, being forced to delay their announcement until this morning to give them time to either placate Jackson or to send him up the political creek without his waka. . .
The list release debacle reflects poorly on Little and shows Labour still can’t run itself.
If it can’t be trusted to do that it can’t be trusted to run the county.