Many of the authors of the Standard have expressed their opinions on who they think should be the next leader of the Labour Party.
Mike Smith chose David Parker. Geoff supported Andrew Little as does Stephanie Rodgers and lprent. Bill supported Nanaia Mahuta. Ben Clark supported Grant Robertson. Apologies if he has but I don’t think that Anthony R0bins has expressed a final opinion as yet.
I voted a while ago and I will surprise nobody by confirming that I voted Andrew Little 1 and Nanaia Mahuta 2. The decision making process was fairly easy although Nanaia made it tougher by conducting herself in a very dignified way and by campaigning very effectively. I was impressed by her informal campaign in 2011 with David Cunliffe and she has shown recently that this was no fluke. There is a decency about Nanaia as well as a keen intelligence that deserves her continuing to have a senior role in the Labour Party.
Why did I vote for Andrew?
I am concerned at how Caucus has functioned over the past few years and I believe this needs to change. Andrew impresses me as being someone who will be able to achieve this change. His background with the EPMU and the party equip him well for what is needed to make Labour succeed. And I have been really impressed with his performance. He speaks with a passion and a determination that can inspire. And he is quite unique as a politician in that his ego is small. He is the candidate who has been in politics for the shortest period of time and the one who has the greatest potential for improvement.
My third preference went to David Parker. My dealings with him have always been cordial and civilised. He has a very keen mind and will be an important member of any future Labour Government.
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Edit: Bill has suggested to me that his post was a comment on who would be most able to counter the inevitable attacks from the right if all else was equal rather than a straight endorsement of Nanaia and he is right. I missed the subtlety of what he wrote first time. Apologies to him.