Monday, July 24, 2017


Labour is in utter turmoil over Charter Schools.    Their policy manifesto has the following commitment ... "Labour will ... repeal the legislation providing for Charter Schools".    Andrew Little has, under questioning, confirmed the policy despite it being canned by Labour MP Peeni Henare and by List Candidate Willie Jackson.

 Yesterday Kelvin Davis, MP for Te Tai Tokerau, ranked 7th in Labour's caucus and their spokesman on Maori Development, Corrections and Treaty Issues, went one step further when he said here that he would resign if the two Charter Schools in the North were closed down.

It is unprecedented for a serving MP (let alone a senior MP) to threaten to resign just eight weeks our from an election were his Party to implement a manifesto policy commitment.    He is, in effect, saying 'up you' to his leader and no leader can countenance that.   The little man has little option now but to withdraw Labour's support for his candidature.     Kelvin could still stand as an 'Independent Labour' candidate with a commitment to support Labour on supply and confidence although by doing so he would be saying nix to a cabinet position. 

I repeat, Labour is in turmoil over this policy.   A certain Hone H will be rubbing his hands with glee.

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