Andrew Little

Labour’s Helensville candidate busted for anti-semitic Facebook post

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Corie Haddock was Labour’s Helensville candidate at the¬†last election, he also¬†works for Lifewise (more on that later)

On 13 November he posted this anti-semitic message on Facebook.

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He got busted. ¬† Read more »

We picked the sherrif, but we don’t wanna pick his deputy

Grant Robertson has retired hurt

In the hurricane of media that accompanied Andrew Little’s elevation – inevitable with any new leader – it would be easy to overlook runner-up Grant Robertson sitting stunned in the eye of the storm.

Yet Little’s next steps now become crucial. Handling Robertson and the party’s “second power base” will be a key issue for Little as he puts his new team together.

In the immediate aftermath of Little’s win Robertson understandably expressed disappointment.

He had, after all, won 56 per cent of the caucus, 55 per cent of the party membership and it was only Little’s status with the affiliated unions (and perhaps an echo of the gay-shy stance of some unionists evident during the 2013 run-off) that thwarted his second bid for leader.

But he expected the union vote to go against him, and Little’s three-to-one advantage with the handful of private sector unions affiliated to Labour was in line with feedback both camps had received.

What must have surprised Robertson’s camp was the unexpectedly low vote from his fellow MPs. His lieutenants were expecting him to clean up by about 21-11 on a two-man preferred basis, with most if not all David Parker’s second preferences going his way.

We’ve seen the photos. ¬†Grant and Cindy were devastated. ¬†But now comes the hard part. ¬†Because of Grant’s lower than expected support in caucus, he may not end up as deputy leader. ¬† Read more »

Josie Pagani on Andrew Little’s challenges

Josie Pagani has some sound advice for Andrew Little.

I bet he doesn’t listen though, but he really needs to.

How many times have we seen shots of Labour party leaders declaring unity while standing in front of caucus members, smiling the kind of smile you produce by sucking air through your teeth?

Labour doesn’t need more protests of unity. It needs more open debate.

People used to join the Labour party for the policy fights. A contest of ideas was how you sorted  good ideas from bad. Achievements like paid parental leave and the nuclear free policy were achieved only after advocates won the argument; Unity was earned by debate, not by shutting debate down and pretending there was no diversity of opinion on these issues.

You can’t have a contest of ideas unless you accept into the fold people with a range of views, and celebrate ideological breadth. Bill Rowling and David Lange were both early sceptics of the nuclear free policy; yet today publicly arguing for a minority position within the party is mistaken for disloyalty.

So Andrew Little’s first challenge is to change this culture.

That is so true. Labour has this tug the forelock, doff the cloth cap, kneel in obeisance to the leader mentality that was beaten into them by Helen Clark and her stasi-like control of internal party debate. Those attitudes now need to be beaten out of them.

The 600,000 people who voted Labour a few months ago had nothing to do with this leadership contest. Most didn’t care because the election purported to be a contest between fifty shades of beige: ¬†‚Äėfairness‚Äô and ‚Äėopportunity for all‚Äô as if anyone in Labour is in favour of unfairness and opportunity only for a wealthy few.

The exception was David Parker and Andrew Little differing over capital gains tax and the retirement age. Andrew Little wants to jettison Labour’s election policies on those issues. He will now have to respond to Parker’s question – if not a CGT, then what? Not forgetting the CGT is more popular in the polls than Labour right now.

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Ex Political Party strategist on Andrew Little

Wrongly Wrongson the Blogger formerly known as Martin Martyn used to be employed as a Strategist for both the Mana Party and the Internet Party. His political advice and expertise was highly sought after and people like Kim Dotcom were happy to pay for his pearls of wisdom and his strategy documents. The irony of course is for years he has been trying to tell people how to kill off the Act party, which is still in parliament, and he almost singlehandedly killed off the Mana party.

As it turns out he got it all wrong. Really wrong, 100% totally and utterly wrong but he hasn’t let this stop him sharing his pearls of wisdom on the appointment of Andrew Little as Labour Leader.

As usual his disdain for the average Kiwi voter  is dripping off every paragraph.

His misery and sarcasm is a joy to read as it tells me two things. One he will not be employed any time soon, in any way by the Labour Party ( which is a great pity ) and two, his Blog which is funded directly by the Unions, if it is not already in a financially precarious situation, soon will be, given his criticism of the Unions choice, Andrew Little.

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Wrongly Wronson has a history of burning his bridges. My favourite one is when he upset Radio New Zealand. It wasn’t a permanent ban but as usual he so bitterly condemned his former employer that he hasn’t been invited back since.

When I read his latest post I smelled smoke and heard the crackle of kindling.

 

 

 

 

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Chin up lefties, it’s not quite as bad as you all think

Everyone on the left, apart from a few unions, are in the doldrums. ¬†They’ve just replaced a terrible leader with a worse one. ¬†But the optimists are trying get everyone to look at the bright side. ¬†Says¬†one pinko commentator

I have been thinking about this overnight and to be honest I think there are actually a lot of positives from a Little leadership:

  • the guy took a Union who was having massive infighting problems and whipped them into shape. His climb to the top of that job is infamous for the way in which it was done, heads were trampled on and feelings were not spared. This is¬†exactly¬†what the Labour party needs.
  • Little isn‚Äôt beholden to factions: so Little was dead last in the¬†caucus vote. What this also means is that a number of ‚Äúdead wood‚ÄĚ Labour MPs who perhaps should have left the building by now could find themselves shepherded closer to that exit door.¬†Little owes very few people in the¬†caucus his leadership so he can afford to be brutal.
  • His name isn‚Äôt David.
  • Bomber is already crying into his cargo shorts, so this can only be a good thing. Read more »

Gower backstabs Little less than 24 hours in the job

No love from TV3 Labour cheerleaders over Little it seems

Labour’s preferential voting system, combined with the backing of three-quarters of the union vote, saw Mr Little sneak through in what 3 News political editor Patrick Gower is calling “the great union ripoff”.

“It’s a backdoor takeover by the unions. Simply, Andrew Little would not be Labour leader without the unions,” Gower said on Firstline this morning.

“He is the unions’ man; Little is a union man, and the unions have got their man into Labour’s top job.”

Gower says it’s ironic after trying “almost too hard” to give men and women an equal say ‚Äď the ultimately doomed ‘man ban’ ‚Äď that a small group of “union blokes” have effectively chosen the party’s new leader.

“Most of those delegates, according to one of the most senior sources in the Labour Party, are men‚Ķ It’s just six unions out of about 150-odd in New Zealand. Just six of them get to have their say over this, and five of them actually rely on delegates ‚Äď the union bosses, the union chiefs, the union heavies. They say who they want.”

Having known Mr Little for 15 years, Gower says he represents a change in tack for the party, which has seen its share of the vote drop for three consecutive general elections.

“He is a straight-shooter, he speaks really directly, there won’t be any of this flowery language or hesitation or showmanship that we’ve seen from previous Labour leaders. The reality is he’s a hard bugger, and he’s going to need all of it to really crack some heads in that Labour Party and to take on John Key.”

What follows next is quite gob smacking – Gower undermines Little, who isn’t even 24 hours in the job – and puts his support behind a reworked Grant/Jacinda ticket Read more »

Tears of impotent rage over union backed win of Andrew Little

There are plenty on the left who are crying tears of impotent rage at the union backed win of Andrew Little.

None more so that poor wee Andrew Geddis, the man who can’t bear to speak my name.

Labour just made the wrong choice, in the worst possible way.

Obviously, I think that the decision to choose Andrew Little over Grant Robertson was the wrong one however it came about ‚Ķ that’s because Grant is a good friend whom I think will one day make a fantastic Prime Minister of New Zealand. So Andrew Little could be the reincarnation of Jack Kennedy mixed with Bob Hawke by way of Michael Joseph Savage (which he most certainly isn’t) and I’d still be lamenting the Labour Party’s decision to appoint him leader ahead of Grant.

So let’s put aside my personal disappointment at the actual decision that Labour has made and instead look at how it has done so. Because it looks to me like it’s created an almighty¬†cluster&*k.

Nah let’s not…Andrew should cry some more his tears are delicious.

First, Little beat Grant by just over 1% of the weighted votes cast. That’s about as close a margin of victory as you can get, achieved on the third round. So the overall mandate for Little’s leadership is¬†‚Ķ¬†fragile, at best.

Second, Little lost heavily to Grant in both the Caucus and the Membership vote in every successive round of voting. Little was the first choice to be leader of only four of his colleagues (assuming he voted for himself, that is). Only 14 of 32 backed him as leader over Grant by their third choice – meaning 18 of 32 think Grant is a better person to lead them. And in respect of the membership vote, Little was consistently 10% behind Grant at each stage of the vote.

The thing that gave Little the edge, of course, was his support amongst “affiliates” – which means those unions that still retain membership ties with Labour. ¬†¬† Read more »

Can Grant Robertson ever be Leader of the Labour Party?

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Don’t worry dear, another 18 months of destabilisation and it will be our turn

Yesterday was a devastating day for Grant Robertson.

He has yet again lost the Labour leadership, and lost it despite getting 18 votes out of 32 in caucus.

Robertson was the front runner after the first ballot but he did not manage to win enough votes from caucus to over come his weakness with the members and the unions.

The members voted narrowly in favour of him over Andrew Little, but he did not manage to pick up many of Nanaia Mahuta or David Parker’s preferences, scarcely budging at all after the first ballot.

Robertson now faces a career defining decision. ¬† Read more »

Looks like Helen is trying to protect her own

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Will she counsel Little to keep the old guard, and by doing so, guarantee another stretch of total deadlock? ¬†Will Andrew have the stones to go against the uber-Leader’s orders and finally fix the problems she left behind?

If he falls in line, it will be another Labour Leader that will have accepted Helen’s Kiss of Death.

Tune in next week….

Now here’s something you didn’t know about Little Andy

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Mr Little said yesterday he was of the left. But the policy changes he promoted during the leadership campaign – dropping the capital gains tax and the policy to increase the pension age – have been aimed at regaining the centre.

In one of Labour’s biggest divisions, economic development versus environmentalism, Mr Little is firmly in the development camp.

As leader of an engineering union, he defended the much derided Think Big policies of the Muldoon Government because of the the pride in heavy engineering they brought to Taranaki.

[His] parents arrived in New Zealand in 1962. His father was in the British military and retrained as a teacher, and his mother was a secretary. Both were National Party stalwarts.

Little will make¬†a large¬†leap to the right. Read more »