Written By: - Date published: 1:46 pm, October 27th, 2014 - 171 comments
Categories: Andrew Little, david parker, grant robertson, labour, Media, Nanaia Mahuta, Politics - Tags: andrew little, david parker, dirty politics, grant robertson, Labour Party, nanaia mahuta
All things being equal, there really is only one sensible choice to make over who should be Labour’s next leader.
When I say ‘all things being equal’, I’m suggesting that if you believe all four contenders have similar levels of ability and attitude, then the critical factor that must be taken into account is National and their two tier method of attack.
Whoever is leader, is going to subjected to, and have to contend with, an endless barrage of innuendo and attempted smears from Slater, Farrar and/or others. These attacks will inevitably be picked up and amplified by major newspapers and TV outlets. The hope, as always, will be that any negative image of who-ever is leader gets traction in the mind of the general public and becomes projected onto the party as a whole.
Obviously, the attack lines on some candidates are more obvious than for others, and some potential attack lines will resonate with the public more than others. The point is, that with one exception, the contenders for the Labour leadership are, to one degree or another, sitting ducks or fish in barrels. Now sure, three of those contenders could, if elected, learn to counter attacks, but then essentially waste a lot of time being on the back foot…itself a successful outcome from any attack perspective.
Nanaia Mahuta is the exception. I believe she’d present a real problem for the National Party’s two track system of ‘dirty politics’; even to the extent that attack lines could well backfire in spectacular fashion.
So, like I say – all things being equal…