Judith Tizard won’t take Labour’s vacant seat in Parliament. It’s the right thing to do. It’s only a quirk that we should be looking back to a list written in 2008 to fill a seat for 6 months now. Tizard and the next four on the 2008 list aren’t on the 2011 list. Their lives have moved on. Better for the seat to go to someone with a Parliamentary future – Louisa Wall.
Louisa is Labour’s candidate for the safe seat of Manuwera. So, she’s basically just getting a head start, whereas others on the list will have to give up their lives for a few months work, where they won’t have the opportunity to really achieve anything.
I’m not a Tizard fan but you couldn’t help but feel sorry for her during her Q+A appearance. The personal attacks she has come under from the nasty end of the Right have been unprecedented. She has seen her legacy destroyed by losers. Nevertheless, she didn’t react with spite by taking the seat as was her right, she did what was best for the party that put her on the list in the first place.
[! r0b wrote and published a post on the same topic at the same time. Since I spelt Tizard’s name correctly, we’ll keep mine but here’s r0b’s text (r0b: with spelling corrected – oops)]
I think the whole right wing blog attack on Judith Tizard has been a disgusting example of their usual personal attack style of politics. For shame already.
None the less, I think that Tizard has done the right thing in declining to take up the list position left vacant by Darren Hughes. Bravo Judith for rising above the opportunity for political utu.
Outgoing president Andrew Little has expressed the preference that Manurewa candidate Louisa Wall be given the opportunity to take up the vacant spot, and that would seem to be in the best interests of the Party.
And while on the subject of the president, a warm welcome to Labour’s new president, Moira Coatsworth. Make us proud!