I suspect Jones is not in it to win, but to gain enough support that the other candidates need his support to win, and to give him maybe Deputy or Finance.
Certainly livens the race up, and will be good to have a more economically moderate candidate in the mix.
Sonny Tau has put out a personal statement in support of Shane Jones:
With the Labour leadership contest now underway, many Māori have thrown their support behind Shane Jones, proud son of Ngāpuhi, who has what it takes to lead Labour, and is the sharpest knife in party’s drawer.
Shane has a formidable intellect, great political instincts and is a brilliant orator in both Te Reo Māori and English. No one can touch Shane – not even John Key or any other politician – when he is in full-flight addressing Parliament.
Shane brings critical constituencies that Labour needs if it is to be in a position to form a Government.
He brings the Māori vote, which Labour knows it can no longer take for granted. Listening to Māori political pundits over the past few days, all have said it is imperative for Māoridom that Shane either leads Labour or is appointed deputy.
No other Labour MP has the understanding, authority or mana to drive through the Māori agenda as Shane can.
Another important constituency he brings is the business world. Shane has chaired a major fishing company and has acquired business acumen within the corporate world. There are precious few within Labour ranks who have this string to their bow. …
I urge Māori to be in touch with their Labour associates over the following days, to express their support for Shane Jones. I will be doing this myself.
That reinforces my belief that Shane is really standing for Deputy.
If Cunliffe beats Robertson, he could well make Jones Deputy. Where does that leave Grant? He can’t be Finance Spokesperson.
If Grant wins, he needs someone from Auckland as his Deputy. Either Cunliffe or possibly Jacinda. Does Jones get Finance?
The loser in all this may be David Parker. Hard to see him holding Finance regardless of who wins.
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