National have announced their short-list for Botany:
DPF almost got his selections right, but the Senior Party Officials who get to select a National short-list went for former Destiny Party candidate Saafi over former United Future candidate Denise Krum. Daniel Newman, George Hawkin’s former right-hand man, doesn’t get a look in, despite his working with Judith Collins – wonder if he’ll go for Manurewa? And I wonder if Bhatnagar will take his father’s deep pockets back to Epsom when he loses?
It will be Maggie Barry or Jami-Lee Ross. The elimination of Denise Krum suggests to me that Maggie Barry is intended – no split of the women’s vote being the idea. Jami-Lee Ross is probably thought too useful with his continual muck-raking and obstructionism in Len Brown’s SuperCity. And young enough to have another go.
But what gets me is that whenever there’s a Labour selection there’s cries of a “lack of democracy” and people being foisted on the electorate by “head office” or “the unions”. Apart from that blatantly not being true – the votes don’t add up that way – Labour does not have Head Office weed out 8 candidates it doesn’t like, and say “choose from the remainder”.
Interestingly National prohibits the Five from talking to the media. Does that mean Maggie Barry can’t talk to herself?
NB selection criteria:
Labour: Anyone who has been a member for 1 year can stand, others can get a head office waiver. On the selection day there is a vote split where the local party gets 2 or 3 votes (dependent on local party size), the head office gets 2 and the local people who turn up on the day get a further 2 votes (1 delegate and 1 floor vote). So head office cannot impose. “Foisted by unions” means the unions have got a lot of their Labour Associate Members who have been members within the electorate for 1 year and convinced them to all turn up and vote for a particular candidate to get the 2 on the day votes.
National: Head Office makes a short-list of nominated candidates. On the day they appear to have a roughly 50:50 split between local and regional votes.
Others: Anyone care to inform me?