Our Labour MPs seem to be in disarray. Somehow the party that teaches solidarity keeps on being fractured, while the party that teaches individualism is a strong union.
Why are they talking to each other through the media instead of picking up the phone?
Why did Cunliffe not call Stuart Nash to congratulate him on election night? He should have called all his new MPs before he went to bed.
And on Sunday he and the whips (Sue Moroney & Iain Lees-Galloway) should have called the rest of the team – that’d only be 8 phone calls each – to work out a co-ordinated response.
Shearer etc could have called Cunliffe too, with their concerns.
Hopefully today’s caucus meeting clears the air. Because at the moment the country will be thinking they’ve dodged a bullet not being run by this fractious crew.
I think ‘Mclauchlan’s Hierarchy of Political Needs’ is right – and while the current policy and values are great and in tune with New Zealanders, it’s the 3rd tier that needs fixing.
We’ve had 3 wasted years of infighting and setting up offices and learning the ropes.
We need National-like media discipline. We need 3 years of a working leader’s office focussing on “jobs, homes, families” (yes, that may mean skipping the flag debate…), and 31 MPs backing the leader up.
So, let’s have the leadership contest – good clean fun of whomever explaining how they will best communicate Labour’s policies & values, unite the party and be trusted by the wider public – and then have our MPs and party hierarchy get in behind whomever is the leader.
Before that they can work on some media discipline too…
[apparently Sue Moroney has now resigned being chief whip and a new one – unannounced – elected]