Kelvin D is one of the few 'good guys' in Labour. And so it was that I was concerned to hear that he turned up late at a 'Meet the Candidates' meeting in Kaitaia and walked out when the questioning got a little heated. I will leave it over to the Northern Advocate and the Northern Age to report more fully on that chapter of events.
But perhaps I now understand more fully the background to Kelvin D's performance. Labour had just briefed him on their 'bold' decision to raise the age of entitlement for New Zealand Superannuation to age 67. Clearly the brains behind that move had failed to look at the statistics which have it that the average life expectancy for Maori males is 70.4 years. So poor old Kelvin was expected to go out and sell that to his constituency where the 'older' aged Maori are more likely to vote. Bit like asking turkeys to vote for an early Xmas.
Talk about kneecapping your future. Labour has handed Hone a lifeline whereas Kelvin looks like being out of Parliament altogether 0n their current polling.
Another cluster f**k by Labour.