The gallery are all writing about the Andrew Little/Stuart Nash/Nick Leggett/Phil Quin thing that happened this week. Tracy Watkins’ column is a representative sample:
- What hasn’t been covered and which I’d be pretty curious to know about is: what actually happened with the Labour selection for the Wellington Mayoralty? There’s obviously incredibly bad blood over it, which has resulted in Leggett leaving his party and Labour declaring war on him. Labour doesn’t have so many young, successful mayors of multi-cultural working-class cities that they can afford to just burn them off like this. Maybe Leggett was unmanageable and the relationships were too toxic; I’ve no idea. Seems like there might be a story there.
- Is Little’s rage at Leggett really ideological – outside of Labour’s tendency to label all of their opponents ‘far right’ – or a more pragmatic form of rage, given that Leggett might split the left vote, deny Justin Lester a first preference win and risk Leggett or the right-wing candidate winning on second preferences?
- Telling Nash he couldn’t go to a public function with Phil Quin seems pretty reasonable to me, given that Quin routinely attacks Labour in print columns in the Herald. Telling MPs they can’t say or do something is routine stuff in a political party, but I’d expect that to be handled by the party whip, not the leader, and also for the conversation not to be made public, or for the leader to comment on it when it did. Nash will struggle to hold his seat next year, I think – the Conservative Party candidate split the vote in 2014 – and I doubt he’ll make it very high on the list, especially now.