I see Kris Faafoi’s been given the nod from the Goffice to have a crack at Mana. He’s always struck me as a decent and hardworking bloke, so I wouldn’t want anyone to take this as an attack on him personally, but isn’t it a little worrying how many of Labour’s new recruits are being parachuted in from the leader’s office?
Danyl at the Dim Post pretty much sums up my views on the issue:
So on the one hand I like and respect Kris and think he’d make a good MP for what will be a demanding electorate. He’ll certainly be a safe pair of hands during the campaign.
On the other hand, it seems like an awful lot of Labour’s new intake are professional political operatives who became MPs after working as staffers in the leaders office. When you’re trying to be a broad, community based social democratic party representing a wide variety of New Zealanders I think you need to cast the net a little wider than the end of the hallway when you’re looking for new talent.
Once your party membership’s been hollowed out and your MPs are largely recycled Parliamentary staffers you’ve got to start asking what’s left. I genuinely wish Kris all the best in challenging the selection, but if it carries on like this I think Labour risks becoming woefully, systemically out of touch with the real world.