Tuesday, October 04, 2022

The "endorsement" you give when you want someone to lose

Voting in the local body elections closes at noon on Saturday, and today was the last day to post your votes to be sure they got there in time. So naturally, today was the day Jacinda Ardern chose to finally "endorse" Auckland mayoral candidate Efeso Collins:

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern​ has thrown her weight behind Auckland mayoral candidate Efeso Collins​ as a tightly contested race comes to a close.

Speaking at a press conference on Tuesday afternoon, Ardern endorsed Collins, saying he was a candidate who could “bring together Auckland”.

“In our minds he’s a candidate that can really continue the significant investment that’s been going on into regional economic development [and] public transport,” she said.

As with her "support" for cannabis decriminalisation - which was expressed only after the votes had been counted - you really have to ask: shouldn't she have said it sooner? This is the "endorsement" of someone who feels they have to, for appearances' sake, but doesn't want it to actually help at all. The "endorsement" of someone who actually wants the candidate to lose, but is too afraid to say so. This sort of spineless chickenshittery is everything that is wrong with the Labour Party, and if it continues, they'll deserve to lose.