Andrea Vance is a darling of the left-wing. She is prone to conspiracy theories about mass surveillance and a great mate of Nicky Hager’s.
The end of another dismal week for Labour, who’ve slumped to 26 per cent in our latest ONE News Colmar Brunton poll.
Andrew Little’s taken himself off to Canada to lick his wounds.
But it’s not too late, Little. A year ago, Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party confounded expectations to win the federal election… and the hearts of millions of women around the world.
Here’s what Little can learn from Canada’s JFK.
Trudeau didn’t go negative. He had poise even in the face of ridiculous attacks on his hair – and Stephen Harper’s attack ads.
“You can appeal to the better angels of our nature and you can win while doing it,” Trudeau said.
His campaign focused on a “positive, optimistic, hopeful vision of public life”. He warmly embraced refugees, as opponents fear-mongered.
This “tone-at-the-top” was emulated by the party as a whole – from candidates through to volunteer door-knockers. Post-election polling showed Trudeau was the main attraction for 20 per cent of Liberal voters.
Little and Labour are relentlessly negative. Yes, it’s the Opposition’s job to keep the Government honest – but there comes a point in the election cycle when you have to offer up a fresh, and credible, alternative.
Labour are well past that point. And these problems are exacerbated by Little’s evident frustration. The more the party fails to get cut-through, the more defensive he gets.
The problem Angry Andy has is that his feral membership base wants him to be as nasty and vitriolic as they are. They all got sticky knickers when Angry Andy told the PM to cut the crap.
The voters hate it though and it is one major reason why Labour languishes in the polls ten points behind where they need to be to take office.
Andrew Little can’t change though, it is the habit of a lifetime to look like and sound like a miserable union prick.