I was a little busy at the Labour conference over the weekend to write about 3’s blunder, but thought I should get the truth out there, as there was general indignation at the flawed Saturday night coverage. (The Friday night sarcastic “Lucky me” dig about having to go to the Labour conference as a political reporter wasn’t a great start either…)
According to the deficient newshrub on Saturday night there was a distinct lack of support from Labour for the Mt Roskill campaign, with Andrew Little a late withdrawal so he could focus on his Sunday speech. Buses to the electorate apparently had to be cancelled.
In reality 4 buses carrying more than 200 door-knockers including all the Labour MPs other than Little (who had never planned to go), went to Mt Roskill on Saturday afternoon.
Probably in excess of 4000 Mt Roskill doors were knocked on in a 1.5 hour period. And the view from the doorstep was pretty positive.
Still, it made for some good gags for Mt Roskill candidate Michael Wood in his speech tot he Labour Conference on Sunday as he showed pictures of all his “ghost doorknockers”, and commented how pleased he was to have an Tolkein-esque “army of the dead” behind him, as the Minas Tirith campaign had worked out pretty well…
Hopefully the excellent effort from Labour members and MPs will help ensure the excellent candidate Michael Wood gets in. Mt Roskill will be best represented by him.