The spat between former Labour Prime Minister and the Labour Party continues.
The email was written by a former Labour MP and office holder.
Moore’s column accused Clark of “using the politics of personal destruction” – leading Progressive leader Jim Anderton, a former Labour MP, to accuse him of past muck-raking against Clark, and a smear campaign against MPs, including former National Party leader Jim McLay and former Labour prime minister Bill Rowling.
There is some bitter history beteen Moore, Clark and Anderton.
Mike Moore was very close to the union movement in the late’80s. however I’ve been told he sealed his fate when he refused to commit to repealing National’s Employment Contracts Act.
The union movement, then turned on Moore in favour of the more sympathetic Helen Clark.
In an interview with Robert Mannion of the Sunday Times of October 24th 1993, unionist and leader of the Marxist-Leninist, Socialist Party of Aotearoa, Bill Andersen, outlined his party’s priorities and plans. According to Mannion, Andersen supported Jim Anderton’s Alliance Party and “would like to have seen Alliance/Labour accommodations in crucial electorates”.
Interestingly Andersen added “They had a good meeting with Helen Clark and Alliance parliamentary candidate Laila Harre at the Trade Union Centre recently.”
Harre, then Anderton’s “right hand girl” went to become a Cabinet Minister in the 1996/99 Labour/Alliance Coalition government and in 2005 succeeded Bill Andersen as leader of the National Distribution Union.
Clark, later deposed Moore as leader of the Labour Party, in a coup later described by Mike Moore as “almost Maoist“.
Seems like the “Maoists” are still at it.