Clark and Walker done in by ignored political party shortcomingsPosted: July 12, 2020
The Editor, The Herald, Auckland
It seems there is one similarity between the demise of the Nats’ Hamish Walker and that of Labour’s David Clark. In both cases, they have been downed by a serious flaw in the approach to the virus by their respective party leaderships.
The National Party’s ineffectual snipping at Labour’s border processes, then the current total breakdown over the returnees, reveals an internal seething that is for them a natural consequence of their refusal to accept the fact they did not form the government at the 2017 election despite having won the largest number of seats. Walker is young and brash and had either missed the dangers or had decided making a political point in Southland on immigration was worth the risk.
Labour’s mistake was to avoid educating the 5 million about our relative ignorance of the virus world, and the unique challenges that would bring after the level 4 lockdown. They focused almost entirely on Level 4 as seen in the daily briefings which contained nothing more than token reference to those expected challenges. Dr. Clark seemed to have silently let that problem creep up on him until he was consumed by it.