As if the chaos of The NZLP in their centennial year was not sufficiently front and centre, one of their credible options going forward has been inexplicably disciplined and subsequently bent his knee to the Angry one.
Nick Leggett, Porirua mayor and former LP member is running for the Wellington mayoralty in a field where Justin Lester anointed by the Party is also a candidate.
Easy to understand that Leggett might now be being photoshopped out of history in the best traditions of Stalinism, inexplicably the great hope for a future, Stuart Nash descendent of Sir Walter, who took back Napier from National in a rare resurgence in the province,s has been disciplined and forced to decline to appear with Leggett at a "Bar opening" in freakin Auckland.
In an astounding bit of theatre Nash has bowed down and taken one in the chook.
With the memories of Philip Field and his treachery remain under the grubby banner of Labour until he made the unforgivable threat to run in his stronghold of Mangare as an independent while under investigation for electoral fraud still in action. A saga that was almost open and shut to any unbiased thinking mind and ultimately after much delay and obfuscation allowed the Clark administration to maintain office, this is unbelievably petty and trite.
Yes there are rules around forced loyalty and Leggett has done right by resigning from the Party in launching his Mayoral bid but to threaten to impose such moronic control over a Hawkes Bay MP who was to appear in Auckland at a bar opening suggests a paranoia that would indicate a serious barrier to high office. Even worse for a future aspiring leader Nash, who accepted Litle Mind's idiocy when a bigger man might well have told his idjit temporary boss to place it where the sun don't shine it is a serious blow to his credibility.
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