They’ve already been dubbed NZ’s David and Ed Milliband.
Brothers David and Ben Clark will both be standing for Labour in the 2011 general election. David is standing for the safe Dunedin North seat, while Ben will be taking on Wayne Mapp on the North Shore.
Both have had very different career paths. David was a Treasury analyst, political advisor, and warden at Selwyn College. Ben has been a computer games programmer in Britain and now works for a hi-tech exporter in Auckland.
Yet despite their differences, they have one thing in common. They’ve got good experience and are smart.
It’s nice to see Labour attracting solid people with a range of experience across different industries. This diversity is absolutely critical to being well grounded and well connected across NZ communities. I think it’s true across party lines that some of the most effective MPs and Ministers are ones who have attained success in a previous profession.
Ben will have a bit more of an uphill battle in a National seat.
But both David and Ben would do well as MPs.