Darien Fenton was propelled into Parliament by her former employer; the Service and Food Workers' Union. That makes her one of Damian O'Connor's "self-serving" faction. The union bloc will ensure that she maintains a high enough list placing to return to Parliament for election after election. She is ranked at #18 on Labour's 2011 list.
She's another of Labour's social media exponents. And she posted this on her Facebook page last night:
Ms Fenton is, of course, referring to Sir Peter Leitch's public endorsement of John Key, her former electorate nemesis last week as his preference for the 2011 election. It's fine that she disapproves of Sir Peter's decision, but she should have left it there. Further down in the comments, when asked "What happened?" she replies:
Darien Fenton Sucking up to John Key big time. I'm never going near him again.11 hours ago ·
But wait; there's more! Another commenter suggests that Labour needs to earn the support of people like Sir Peter, and not just take it for granted. And then she shows her true colours:
Darien Fenton Fair enough XXXX : but he's gone way out on a limb. It's about consumer choice. I choose not to buy stuff from those who support Tories.10 hours ago ·
Oh Darien. This is a really great SMOG. And we'll tell you for why, as our dear departed Dad used to say.
Sir Peter Leitch represents everything that Labour used to represent. He is a close personal friend of Helen Clark, and a number of Labour MP's. He is a self-made man; from a shy, dyslexic apprentice butcher to an outstanding New Zealander, a successful businessman, a philanthropist and the public face of the might-ty Vodafone Warriors.
You'd think that Labour would applaud the likes of Sir Peter as an example of what can be achieved through determination and hard work. But no; he's crossed to the dark side, and is now persona non grata with Labour. We think that's both petty and incredibly sad.
Lighten up Darien. Sir Peter Leitch is a great man, and has given hundreds of thousands of dollars to charitable causes, as well as countless hours of his time, to his own detriment. History will remember him fondly. And never forget this; he has a choice too, and he's exercised it. It's not difficult to see why.