A group of supporters have set up a “We want David Cunliffe” website, giving reasons why Labour should make Cunliffe leader, and allowing people to e-mail their support to all 34 Labour MPs.
The site is a good concept in principle. I think it is good to see supporters of one of the contenders set up a support site. The more engaged supporters and activists get the better.
I was amused that they concluded by saying:
Don’t let the right-wing bloggers hijack your party’s Leadership election. Submit the form now!
So many people have got worked up that some of us have offered an opinion. I also had an opinion on the Green co-leadership contest between Bradford and Turei and it wasn’t such a big thing. I’ll probably offer my opinion on all leadership contests in all parties, except probably National where diplomacy would win out. Anyway back to this site.
While the site is a good thing in principle, three criticisms:
- The design is awful. Looks like an excited eight year old did it.
- The supporters are anonymous. This is a major fail. Who the hell sets up a support site and is not prepared to stick their name to it? It turns the site into an issue about who is really behind it – it could be Trevor Mallard for all we know 🙂
- They have provided incorrect registration details to the .nz registry. They have done this to hide their identity, but the rules for .nz require a registrant to be named and contactable. Their domain name registration could be found to be invalid.
The substance of the site is pretty good though – it pushes his strong points well. Maybe we will see a site for Shearer also?
UPDATE: A reader points out a reason why the authors may be anonymous. They stated:
David Cunliffe wins elections. On Saturday David was almost the only Labour MP to increase his local majority. Labour will only be relevant when it can win enough votes to form the government. Cunliffe comes from a new progressive generation. We think he¹s the best candidate to beat John Key.
But DC was not the only Labour MP to increase his majority. Based on results to date the Labour MPs who increased majorities are:
- Su’a William Sio +6,230
- Nanaia Mahuta +4,485
- Parekura Horomia +3,258
- Grant Robertson +3,207
- Chris Hipkins +2,373
- Iain Lees-Galloway +1,884
- Ross Robertson +1,405
- David Cunliffe +450
- Trevor Mallard +107
Such a basic mistake makes me wonder about who is behind it. Maybe it is actually the Young Nats having fun?