Edwards backs Bates for Mt Albert

by Jake Quinn

Joining Dame Cath Tizard, Brian Edwards throws his support behind Meg Bates for Labour’s Mt Albert candidacy and explains why local labourites don’t like being told by the media who their candidate is going to be.

He writes:

Meanwhile the media, and seemingly the party hierarchy, appear to have anointed UN diplomat David Shearer as Labour’s candidate for the seat. It’s a strategy that may well backfire. Shearer’s abilities are not in question; he might well make a first class MP. But local electorate organisations don’t like being presented with a fait accompli where candidate selection is concerned and may well rebel.  I’ve had some experience of this myself…

…what Labour now needs more than anything is rejuvenation. Shearer will be new to Parliament certainly, but his age and close association with the Labour establishment do not really suggest an infusion of fresh ideas. And with the announcement that Russel Norman will stand for the Greens, rejuvenation and new ideas have become an urgent priority.