Another good review of Labour’s list from an anonymous editorial in The Herald:
Fresh Labour line-up needs higher profile
As voters, we ought to look at party election lists much closer than we probably do. That applies particularly to the list of the main party out of power.
It applies to both main parties equally. Outside “the bubble” governing MPs are not so well known as you think.
But it is the top 10 or 20 on the list that need to be better known. They would be likely to comprise the cabinet if Labour leads a government. After Little, Ardern, Robertson and Twyford, the highest ranking names are the little-known Megan Woods, education spokesman Chris Hipkins, Carmel Sepuloni, who is often seen but seldom heard, and David Clark, David Parker and Stuart Nash.
Clark and Nash both impress as potential top flight ministers, Parker was a very good minister in the previous Labour Government. … Some of the names in the top 20, which presumably means they have cabinet potential, are completely new. Priyanca Radhakrishnan (11), Jan Tinetti (14), Willow-Jean Prime (16) and Kiri Allan (20) are all candidates in marginal or unwinnable seats and Labour clearly wants them in Parliament whatever happens. Prime stood in the Northland byelection when Labour virtually gave its vote to Peters.
It is a fresh-looking line-up, led by MPs who have been in opposition long enough to have won their spurs and feel they are more than ready to move into the Beehive. Their leader is not polling strongly so they need to present a team. Among their top 10 they appear to have more than enough talent. Now they must work out how to project it.
So what is the best way for Labour to “project” its talent? Suggestions in comments welcome.
One possibility of course is for those whose business is projection to do their best to inform the public. Hey Herald, how about featuring a detailed comparison when National’s list emerges from its smoke filled room? How about an ongoing series on the issues facing NZ (poverty, housing, environment, infrastructure etc) with input from Nat and Labour list members? How about a series on regional issues (you know – outside Auckland) with input from both parties? Sure would be great to have a well informed election this time.