Labour will elect a new deputy leader after Annette King decided to step down, leader Andrew Little has announced.
TDB pointed out this would happen on Monday and we explained the internal tensions that were building for it to happen…
King has her position as Deputy as part of Labour’s internal dynamics to keep the factions happy, but with Goff, Cosgrove and Shearer gone and Trevor on his best behaviour for Speaker, the Right faction don’t have the muscle or numbers they once had in Caucus.
The factional divisions now are much more Class vs Identitarians and in that battle, Little stared down an attempt by Labour Youth, Identitarian activists and Poto Williams to purposely destabilise his leadership during the last TV poll.
Little now has more power by not flinching over Willie Jackson and Greg O’Connor’s candidacy and Labour’s subsequent lift in the polls as working class voters come back to the Party means Andrew has far more muscle inside Labour. If Annette King suddenly does stand aside out of loyalty for Little and Jacinda replaced her as Deputy, it would be a symbol of just how much more mana Little now enjoys inside the Party.
This matters because having Jacinda as Deputy would give Labour more profile in Auckland, which they are focused on winning if they want to be mid 30s come election day.
…what is now obvious is that the strategic brains behind Andrew Little have not been sitting on their hands waiting for the public to get sick of National, they have been carefully plotting with Chess Master like skills to marginalise the right faction of the Labour Party, manoeuvre working class candidates into place who can appeal to electorates current middle class candidates can’t and perfect their new electorate campaign tactics for September.
The only fly in Little’s ointment was the attempted revolt by Labour Youth and Identitarian activists when working class candidates were brought in for the broad church reforms.
That revolt was quickly smothered and I wouldn’t be surprised if many of those attempting to destabilise Little’s leadership become quieter and quieter.
The powers behind Little’s throne are here to win the election, and the sublime moves to date suggest they aren’t going to be polite to factional infighters.
Genuine Left wing value policy is quietly being crafted to surprise and excite the electorate for the election and the promise of a real change of Government seems finally in Labour’s grasp.
Putting a high profile Auckland candidate like Jacinda in as Deputy is the exact move Labour need to make if they want to win Auckland because you can’t win the country if you don’t win Auckland.