Labour, war and peace

Claire Trevett at NZ Herald reports on Cunliffe hones tactics in war room:

Labour leader David Cunliffe has ejected MPs from the caucus room to turn it into a war room, moving all key political staff into a vast open-plan office.

The new strategy office is the brain-child of chief of staff Matt McCarten and is aimed at making sure the party is co-ordinated and quick on its feet. Labour MPs will now be sent downstairs to a smaller room for their weekly meetings.

A spokesman for Mr Cunliffe said it was to make communication easier and ensure Labour could react swiftly to unfolding political situations, as well as giving MPs a one-stop place to go to discuss issues.

I don’t know if the ‘war’ terminology is Trevett’s or Labour’s but I think it’s misguided.

I think most people are turned off by war.  Parliament should not be a war of attrition, it should be a floor for ambition, positive ambition.

There’s much more to gain (including votes) through positive peace in politics.

It’s astounding that Labour still don’t get this.

The use of Parliamentary rooms for election campaigning has also raised some eyebrows – party campaigning is supposed to be kept separate from MPs and their work, staff and facilities in Parliament.

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