David Parker – my choice for Leader
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7:12 am, October 15th, 2014 - 199 comments
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Selections are never easy, but choices have to be made. I have worked closely with all four candidates over many years, and the reasons why my choice for Leader is David Parker are laid out below.
- Heavyweight Cabinet experience. As Minister of Transport, Climate Change and Energy, David Parker handled some of the most complex and testing issues in the fifth Labour government. He proved himself to be both open-minded, and when it came to the point decisive. He is the only one of two candidates with Cabinet experience; if Labour is to present itself in 2017 as a credible government-in-waiting it will be much harder to do so without a Leader who has this experience.
- Strong egalitarian values. I listened to David Parker’s speech at the Congress earlier this year and was blown away. I wrote a post about it at the time, “Parker’s egalitarian passion”, saying that the standing ovation he was given was one of the most deserved in my long experience in the Party. No third-way talk of equal opportunity; his commitment was to equality of outcomes. As I wrote at the time – “You felt he meant it. You knew he would do it. You thought he could do it.”
- A cool debater. I thought the most interesting debate in the campaign was the TV3 one one between David Parker and Bill English. Everyone thought Parker won hands-down and I did too. But it was his cool style – concise, firm, with a touch of humour that I thought was brilliant. He’s not easily fazed.
- A passion for manufacturing. In August 2012 I attended a meeting at the EPMU National Office with the union’s officials and organisers where David Parker outlined his vision and his passion for manufacturing. At the time he was spokesperson for Economic Development; David Cunliffe was there as well. David Parker took that passion through to the launch of the Manufacturing Inquiry in 2013. You can trust David Parker to follow through on what he says. He has also been a strong advocate for a high-value economy. Nobody was listening while we are still riding up the wave – but I am sure of one thing, whether we are riding a dumper or gently surfing onto the beach, the policies he has fought for will be needed and will have their day.
- A good deal of steel and an open mind.David Parker is an original thinker who soaks up information, seeks out advice, but is not afraid to take har and sometimes bold decisions. You need that steel in a Leader. Quietly spoken he may be, but he commands respect.
- With a twinkle in his eye. Personable and approachable, David is very good company. I like him.
With four very good candidates, the choice is not easy. I’ve made my choice, and those are my reasons. Happy to discuss.