3 News reports:
Labour leader Phil Goff says anyone who suggests he’s facing a leadership challenge is flogging a dead horse.
The party’s caucus is meeting for the first time since reports were leaked that Mr Goff offered to step down at a front bench meeting.
Duncan So if you win the seat you have said that you want to play a bigger role in the party?
It isn’t generally the done thing for MPs to declare in advance of an election they expect a bigger role if they win their seat.
Duncan So just back to my question. If you wanted to play a greater role, define that greater role for me.
Shane Oh no I certainly want to recover my position on to the front bench, but anything beyond that it’s with the caucus and it’s for the future mate.
Duncan And you’re suggesting someone in the caucus has leaked?
Shane No I have no evidence that a person in the caucus has leaked, I certainly know it wasn’t me cos I’m not on the front bench, but the fact to wake up when you’re trying to win votes and to read in the newspaper such a story about our leader, it causes my Slavic blood to boil
A very clear statement that he is not the leak as he was not on the front bench, and that he is peeved at who did it.
Duncan Now suggestions I’m getting out of Wellington being around the press gallery is that there are some camps now starting to set up in the Labour caucus camp. Cunliffe we’ll call one and Camp David Parker the other. What have you heard?
Shane No, no no I don’t think so. I think that both of them are very ambitious and they’ve got a lot to offer the Labour Party etc.
Duncan Does Cunliffe have leadership qualities?
Shane Well what he needs to do at the moment for all of us, and that’s what he’s promising he’s gonna do for us, is go and sell our economic policy. I understand David to have said on numerous occasions he’s a team player and he’s gonna tautoko or support Annette King and Phil Goff. Now what happens in the future we need to talk to him about that, but there’s really no – there’s no scope for this fratricide or there’s no scope for feeding the media’s appetite in wanting to turn this election into a Labour Party leadership fight, it’s a joke.
Now that looks to me like a bit of a slap towards Cunliffe – basically saying go concentrate on selling the economic policy.
Duncan Have you given up your leadership ambitions?
Shane Yeah no, I was – well I was flattered to be compared to JT and Winston etc. But those ambitions of mine have dimmed.
Duncan Dimmed or gone?
Shane Oh, no they’re at a very low ebb.
Duncan Have they gone?
Shane Oh that’ll depend on how well I do in Tamaki Makaurau.
Again as clear a statement as you can get that he will stand for the leadership after the election if he wins his seat.
Labour Leader Phil Goff is refusing to accept his party’s poor popularity saying its bad polling is because people aren’t focused on the issues.
To point out the obvious, getting people to care about “the issues” so that they are energised and mobilised to vote is a core task of a political party. If people aren’t focused on Labour’s chosen issues, then that tells us that the Labour Party is doing a piss-poor job. Either they’ve chosen their issues badly, or they’re communicating them poorly (and in particular, worse than the government). But either way, it is not the voters who are at fault, but the party. And blaming the voters for the party’s failure just adds to the perception that Labour is arrogant.
Now just 89 days to go.