Last night I attended the Dunedin meeting of the Labour leadership roadshow. Carnage! Crisis! Farce! Civil war! I witnessed none of those things. (What a beat-up much of the media coverage of Labour’s leadership has been.)
Instead, what I saw was four good people making their case. I saw persuasion, passion, determination, heart, intelligence, commitment, and good humour. I saw four candidates who were obviously good friends, as well as competitors. I saw them acknowledging each other respectfully, and sharing plenty of laughs.
In short, what I saw reassured me immensely. Labour has depth, Labour has energy, and Labour has four candidates who are all utterly committed to getting behind a new leader and getting on with the job.
I get that there are passionate supporters of one candidate or another, but I just don’t work that way. The candidates all have strengths, they all have weaknesses, they are all good people, they all represent aspects of what is best about Labour. I have (in my dithering way) some preferences, but I would support any one of the four as leader.
Anyway, if the roadshow is coming to your town some time, I recommend that you get along and see the candidates in person. It makes for a fun and interesting evening.