The great brown hope of the Little Labour Party about to be parachuted into Parliament per courtesy of a high placing on the Labour List as dictated by their leader and in total disregard of clause 350 et seq of the Labour Party Constitution which vests that responsibility in the hands of their Moderating Committee.
A picture tells a thousand words and yesterdays picture of the little man making the announcement outside the Te Tii Marae with a very pissed of Kelvin Davis looking on sez it all. On current polling it's a moot point whether Little himself will make it on the list let alone his Deputy who is vacating her Rongatai seat. So if Little wants Jackson on his team then he's going to have to 'heavy' him to high on the list and Davis knows that. He also knows that with the apparent electoral accommodation between the Maori and Mana Parties it's going to be a straight fight between him and Harawira in the Te Tai Tokerau seat and he also knows that Hone has the John Frum vote sewn up tight. Davis is in trouble ... a good guy (apart from his luv affair with NZ criminals being deported from Oz) but it looks as though his leader is stitching him up and hanging him out to dry.
And what of Jackson himself? ... failed Parliamentarian and Waka jumper par excellent. But it's worse than that ... his defense of the so called 'Roastbusters' on Radio Live and his contention that the girls involved got what they were asking for is a valuable pointer as to why there is so much violence in Maoridom; why the statistics on Maori child abuse are so appalling ... and Little wants this 'man' on 'his' team to showcase the new face of Labour going forward!!!! Unfair? don't criticise me ... all I'm doing is repeating the criticism of Poto Williams, MP for Christchurch East and Labour's spokesperson on sexual and domestic violence. She slammed the announcement. And Williams has something going for her that Little and Jackson cannot match. She made it into Parliament as Maori and winning a non Maori electorate seat. In my book that counts.
MMP has much to answer for but one thing for sure ... if Jackson is the answer then it surely was a stupid question.