I was and am a big fan of Annette King. Like everyone else in Labour I thank her for her decades of service and for the selfless way that she decided to pass the torch. Because there is no denying that the (presumed) move to Jacinda Ardern as deputy leader has been very well received.
Let’s start with (of all people) Patrick Gower:
Deputy Jacinda is Labour’s best move in years
Jacinda Ardern’s anointment as deputy leader is the best leadership move I’ve seen Labour make.
Putting Ardern into the role with six months to go till a general election shows one thing: Labour wants to win.
And if Ardern will do one thing, it she will amplify the “vibe” on the Left.
Not sure about Gower’s obsession with “the vibe” – I suspect that voters may be more interested in housing, jobs, alleviating poverty, and clean water – but whatever.
The key question is this – will Ardern make a difference to Labour’s fortunes? The answer: she already has, and she hasn’t even started in the job.
A final word for Annette King – Labour to the end, every decision she has ever made has been for the good of her party. Not many politicians can retire saying that.
Why the Labour Party needed Jacinda Ardern, and needed her now
Andrew Little’s move to install Jacinda Ardern as his deputy is a big bold pitch for the honeymoon as Labour leader that he never got.
Fronting the media for the first time on Wednesday, Labour looked like it had finally found its dream team.
Ardern’s chemistry with voters is what’s needed to help reconnect with some of those urban liberals, young people and women who have drifted away from Labour since Helen Clark’s time.
His answer to them was Wednesday’s press conference where he and Ardern both made it clear they are in it to win.
Risks and rewards for Labour of the Jacinda effect
And just like that there was a vacancy after all: Annette King makes way for Labour’s rising star
Labour are hoping that Jacinda Ardern will help win over younger voters
… and the political roundup from Bryce Edwards:
The Ardern decision shows Labour wants to win
Jacinda Ardern’s elevation to the deputy leadership position in Labour really shouldn’t surprise anyone. It’s now a major part of Andrew Little’s repositioning of Labour.
It’s now “The Andrew and Jacinda Show”. Annette King’s decision to step down from Labour’s deputy leader position in favour of Jacinda Ardern is yet another major advance in Little’s re-positioning of the party this year. And it’s a very smart move.
Reactions to the news have, so far, been very positive.
The new leadership combination also signals that Labour has been through major rejuvenation, and that the Helen Clarks days are finally over. The frontbench and leadership now looks entirely different from the last Labour government and more future-oriented.
Consequently, Little is now looking stronger as a leader and appears to be very determined. After all, this all comes in the wake of Little’s increasingly successful implementation of the “broad church strategy” of bringing in Willie Jackson on the left and Greg O’Connor on the right of the party. Finally, Little looks like he’s “cutting the crap”. …
Last words to Labour’s leaders:
Annette King quits as Labour deputy, endorses Jacinda Ardern
‘I have what it takes’ – Jacinda Ardern lined up to become Labour’s new deputy leader
I’m backing Jacinda – Little promising generational change
All the best Jacinda in your new role!