The Labour caucus have this morning selected David Shearer to lead the Labour Party, assisted by Grant Robertson as deputy leader.
Neither of these two were ministers in the last Labour government, or even in Parliament. They are not weighed down with the baggage of the past and can offer the electorate a fresh face and fresh ideas.
Shearer has run a clean, honest campaign which is hopefully a portent for the future.
He has experience. He managed a two billion dollar budget with hundreds of staff reporting to him. In Iraq. He knows how to negotiate and how to bring a team together. Now, more than ever, we need these skills.
As Phil said…
It’s not the same as being a Wellington bureaucrat or party apparatchik but it is a definition of experience that people outside the Labour Party vortex might see as valuable.
David and Grant can lead Labour to victory in 2014. I’m going to be doing my damndest to make sure this happens.
Well done to the Labour caucus, today they have made a principled decision for the best interests of their party, and for New Zealand.