Jackson jack up divides the left

Labour seemed to be following a careful strategy through the first two weeks of the political year, first at Ratana and then at Waitangi. But regardless of the merits of their  approach there it could all unravel due to the intervention of Andrew Little in the recruitment of Willie Jackson who has apparently been promised a high place on the Labour list.

This has generated an unusually vocal uproar in social media, including divided opinions at The Standard and The Daily Blog.

And also divided opinion amongst Labour MPs.

RNZ: Willie Jackson concerns ‘a matter for caucus’

The Labour leader has spoken to his MPs after concerns over Willie Jackson’s pick as a new list candidate because of his previous comments about sexual violence.

Andrew Little has promised a high-list placing for the Maori broadcaster, who joined the party at the weekend.

Labour’s Christchurch East MP, Poto Williams, said on Facebook she could not support Mr Jackson’s candidacy until he publicly apologised for his comments about sexual violence on a radio talkback show three years ago.

Mr Jackson said he had already apologised, but that he was “happy to say sorry again”.

Mr Little said he raised the matter with caucus this morning, and reminded his MPs that if there were issues they were concerned about, then caucus was the place to do it.

He was not worried about the broadcaster causing divisions in his caucus.

“I knew that there were risks about his conduct, particularly over his Roast Busters interview, I was aware of that. But I’m also aware that on that issue, he made an apology at the time, he’s made an apology since, and made a written statement and apology over the weekend.”

The ‘roastbusters’ issue has certainly roared into life on social media, but there is the more fundamental issue of the Labour leader recruiting a controversial person and apparently promising them a high list placing. Under party rules that is not a decision for the party leader to make.

Jackson would have to get special dispensation even to be considered as a candidate as he has only just joined as a party member, and candidates are supposed to have been members for (I think) a year.

And there is likely to be a few current MPs and prospective MPs who won’t be very happy if Little parachutes in Jackson and bumps him well up the party list ahead of MPs and long term party members who want to step up.

There have been some very mixed views on all this at The Standard and The Daily Blog, in posts and in comments.

I’m sure the Labour leader’s office will be well aware of all the angst and potential upheaval in the party over this even though Little isn’t acknowledging any problems.

 

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29 Comments

  1. Pete Kane

     /  8th February 2017

    Good Morning Editor and Geeza (trust the latter has been to beddie pies?) You (well I) can’t help get the feeling that the only ‘feasible’ way for Andrew (Matt) to get this ‘Jack……’ business through was to present it as afait accompli through the media. Any realistic scenario for an early election boys?

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    • Gezza

       /  8th February 2017

      I parked myself lying on the sofa the watch the Beatles Rockumentary on Prime at 8.30 pm last night, saw 15 minutes (great) and the next thing that happened was I woke up at 4.45 am today.

      I am still processing the impact & implications of this Jack-up, PK. Considered submissions later.

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  2. Kevin

     /  8th February 2017

    Should Poto fail to stfu on FB then Little must get rid of her.

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  3. David

     /  8th February 2017

    And now the genius that is Little has come out saying Jackson will be on the list below current sitting MPs so in effect is unlikely to get across the line. What was the point aside from obviously trying to stack the caucus with people who might actually support him. 1 nil to Gracinda, steam.

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  4. Pickled Possum

     /  8th February 2017

    Shows how out of touch Andrew Little really is on his voters or might be voters.
    Jackson may have a high profile amongst some sectors of the public,
    having a high profile amongst rural Maori, yeah nah he does not meet the criteria.
    Women and sane men are ‘Just Not Into’ narcissism and loud mouth people,
    whatever colour creed or party they may belong to.
    Many labour voters I have spoken to are just aghast, aghast I say
    at the though of this man representing them on any level.

    Come on Andrew show a little care of duty when approached by randoms;
    that want a fast track to irrelevance.
    Jackson for labour is like
    Kim dot Com was to Mana. imo

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    • “Williams is Labour’s family and sexual violence spokesperson. It’s her job to challenge out-dated and abhorrent attitudes to domestic and family violence.

      She should never, ever be made to feel sorry for speaking out.
      And Labour should be championing MPs like Poto Williams. Brave, willing to speak their mind and stand up for the vulnerable.
      Instead, Andrew Little’s office appear to have humiliated her by making her publicly back down.
      Is this all to protect Jackson’s fragile ego? Surely, he’s man enough to deal with the criticism. After all, he’s accepted he did wrong by the Roastbusters victims.
      Or is it more to protect Andrew Little? He’s successfully glued the caucus back together. For the first time in a very long time, they look like a team.
      Is that unity so tenuous that its members now can’t be seen to disagree”

      Andrea Vance – I agree with every word

      https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/opinion-wait-poto-williams-one-apologising

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  5. PDB

     /  8th February 2017

    Bradbury: “witch hunt against Willie Jackson”.

    I note Bradbury wasn’t so ‘forgiving’ regarding Key’s apology to the waitress over the ponytail tugging………hypocrisy much?

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    • Pete Kane

       /  8th February 2017

      Fair comment Mr Brown.

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      • Gezza

         /  8th February 2017

        Odds were good pants would make a fair comment sooner or later. 👍

        My considered submissions are:
        Agree entirely with comments made so far by:
        Pete Kane
        David
        Alan Wilkinson (it happens)
        Pickled Possum
        PDB ( it happens)

        Nothing further to add at this point.
        1052 hours

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        • PDB

           /  8th February 2017

          Always hard but fair Gezza……no fake news with me.

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        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  8th February 2017

          Do I get a point for the fish?

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          • Gezza

             /  8th February 2017

            Provisionally – but the odds are you’ll lose it by midnight.

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            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  8th February 2017

              I’ll do my best, G. How’s your weather?

            • Gezza

               /  8th February 2017

              Grey morning, but looks like the sun’s burning it off, slight nor-west breeze.

              My friend’s cancer, the one I visited yesterday, is still terminal, she hasn’t been given a timeframe yet. She & hubby are the 2 friends who stuck by & visited us always throughout my lady’s health battles over the years.

              55. Back from Germany, France & England/Wales visiting family. Living life to the max, doing the bucket list, as recommended by her oncologist.
              Only hope is some experimental drug being trialled in the US & Germany. Apparently the results are so positive participants on the placebo have been taken off them & put on this drug too? Could take part in the trial here but the drug is hugely expensive & they will have to pay themselves, possibly $200k+. Thinking they’ll sell land in the Wairarapa to help pay for it.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  8th February 2017

              Too young to give up for sure. Hope it pays off for them.

            • Gezza

               /  8th February 2017

              Their retirement block. It’s quite near James Cameron’s land, & he’s an actor – has been in some local films, repertory plays, & bit parts in all 3 Lord of the Rings movies. You never know, might be useful. Hope so. Thanks Alan.

      • Pete Kane

         /  8th February 2017

        Actually following on from Mr Brown, WO cops his fair bit of ‘quick’ on the irony front – but there’s actually quite a lot of commonality on the bog hosting front (although thankfully not ours). Bradbury and IPrint being also part of that oblivious irony blindspot breed.

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        • Pete Kane

           /  8th February 2017

          Sorry, blog not bog. (Blame Sigmund.)

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          • Gezza

             /  8th February 2017

            I could start you on the Scoreboard at, say, 5?, after that one if you like?

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            • Gezza

               /  8th February 2017

              Uptick noted: you’re in with a grin. 👍

            • Pete Kane

               /  8th February 2017

              Back in Tasman for a week tomorrow, so posting from the native falcons ( Mum Dad and Junior now – which is great, battle against extinction still touch and go sadly) property G. Try and get you a pic Actually spent last week there too, but was laid up for all of it after sunstroke/dehydration on the first day. No excuses given my decade in SE Asia.

  6. PDB

     /  8th February 2017

    Newshub: “Labour’s Poto Williams hired a private public relations firm to craft her statement on Willie Jackson joining the party”

    Where’s this ‘leadership’ Little keeps banging on about. She went to the extent of hiring a public relations firm to hammer her leader’s hand-picked choice of list MP………might need his specs back on so he has at least something to hide behind.

    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2017/02/poto-williams-hired-pr-firm-for-willie-jackson-ploy.html

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    • Kevin

       /  8th February 2017

      Given that I don’t think Little has any choice but to get rid of Poto Williams as obviously she knew exactly what she was doing. And if she can get away with it once she’ll try it on again.

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  7. Oh dear Ms Wiliams not on Party message. She sounds like she fancies herself as first Maori female PM. Who on the right and centre-right doesn’t relish the division in Labour?

    So, we have dour Matt McCarten, angry Andrew, that shouty Champagne Socialist from Kings College, Mangere, and the Unions in one corner. Then there’s all the other factions, most of whom dislike and many who disrespect the above mentioned.

    The Greens. of course, are Matty’s mates.

    She’s right of course. Labour Party has lost the right to call itself “Progressive”, “feminist” or pretend at championing women’s rights when they parachute a mouthy misogynist Ashkenazi like Mr Jackson.

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