Controversy within the Labour Party over moves by some right wing members and MPs to set up a think tank aligned with the party.
Some sources say that things got heated at last week’s Labour caucus over the proposal and expulsion of some of those involved was threatened.
As I have said many times, Labour is all for diversity – except diversity of opinion.
But a spokesperson for Labour Leader Andrew Little says that while he does not discuss what happens at caucus, those reports are “inaccurate”.
Indeed the spokesperson said Mr Little said he welcomed the idea.
“Labour is a broad church and we welcome all sorts of ideas,” she said.
“If people want to have things like think tanks with ideas that’s good.”
I don’t even know why it was discussed at their caucus. Members should be free to set up whatever they want.
I co-founded the Taxpayers Union. I didn’t seek permission from anyone in National about it. In fact I didn’t even tell any MP about it until just before it launched. NZTU often disagrees with the Government, and/or criticises National. It’s called having a diversity of views on the centre-right. Labour though seems to again have problems with any diversity of views.
I would have thought the Labour caucus would have more pressing things to discuss than whether they like a proposed think-tank.