What about the workers? is supposed to be a rallying call for Labour.
A Labour Party scheme to recruit 85 overseas students to campaign for the party during this year’s election has hit trouble.
The students rebelled over their accommodation and their disappointment with what was supposed to be a high powered learning programme but which appears to be not much more than political campaign drudge work. . .
They are unpaid, were housed in sub-standard accommodation, and promised lectures from some top Labour Party names:
- Andrew Little
- Jacinda Ardern
- Helen Clark
- “Current ambassadors to NZ.”
- “Senior party stakeholders and staff, including the President and Chief of Staff “
- Teleconferences with senior staff from US Democratic Party and UK Labour Party
The lectures have yet to eventuate and they are now being spread out around the country to be billeted by party members.
This is more evidence for my contention that Labour is tough on employers because it thinks they’re all as bad as it is.
It also shows it can’t recruit enough members and unionists to campaign.
Bad as all that is this is more politically damaging:
It is part of Matt McCarten’s “Campaign for Change” which he describes as a non-partisan campaign to get people engaged and involved.
But how non-partisan is debatable.
McCarten is Andrew Little’s former Chief of Staff and resigned two weeks ago from running Labour’s campaign office in Auckland. . .
Of course the campaign isn’t non-partisan and worse it’s public knowledge that McCarten was running Labour’s campaign office in Auckland.
Did they learn nothing from the pledge card debacle?
There are very clear lines between what people employed by parliamentary services, paid by the public service can do and what they can’t.
Running a campaign office is a long way on the wrong side of the line.
What about the workers’ hard earned money that goes in tax to be misused?