Kerre McIvor
Kerre McIvor is a Herald on Sunday columnist

Kerre McIvor: Policies count, not ovaries

Helen Clark. Photo / Jane Ussher.
Helen Clark. Photo / Jane Ussher.

Who on Earth does Labour hope to appeal to with its proposal to have some electorates run women-only candidate selections?

This woman voter certainly wouldn't be ticking a candidate's name purely on the basis that the candidate has ovaries.

And why does Labour need to make women a protected species?

I could understand it if the party had a history of chauvinism or tokenism when it came to women MPs, but this is the party that produced one of the toughest and most effective party leaders in New Zealand's political history.

Nobody was putting baby in the corner when H1 and H2 - as Helen Clark and her aide Heather Simpson were known as - were running the show.

Focusing on policies rather than window-dressing the selection process would serve Labour better in the long run.

- Herald on Sunday

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