Andrew Little

Little for Rongotai? Yeah, nah.

Labour veteran Annette King has confirmed she will stand again in 2017 but possibly only on the list, a step which would open up her Rongotai electorate for leader Andrew Little.Mr Little is currently a list MP and if he does not win an electorate he could be the first Prime Minister who is not also an electorate MP.

Although the party vote determines a party’s representation in Parliament under MMP, there is still some moral weight in being able to win an electorate and Labour is unlikely to want to take any risks.

Mr Little lives in the Rongotai electorate in Wellington – a safe Labour seat in which Ms King has been the local MP since 1993.

Asked if Mr Little had asked her to allow him to stand in the seat, Ms King said “that is hypothetical”.

“We talk to each other all the time, but I’ll make my announcement on what I’m going to do in the future.”

She said she would announce her decision “when I’m ready.”

King is smart enough to see this year out first.  Apart from the far-fetched scenario that Andrew Little will be PM by 2017, and it would look silly if he didn’t have an electorate (Would it? He looks silly now.), the plans hatched over smoky summer barbecues are still to be implemented, and Annette’s got enough scars to know to wait and see how all those turn out. Read more »

It was a sledge-fest and Little was exposed for his double-talk

John Key and Andrew Little went toe to toe in parliament yesterday but Andrew Little, as usual, was slaughtered.

He only had himself to blame for his forked tongue on the TPPA. Little said Labour opposed the deal, they went large on that stance and some MPs even marched in the protest. Phil Goff was given a dispensation but David Shearer was castigated for supporting the deal.

When pushed, though, we found out that Andrew Little was lying to the public over their opposition to the trade deal. When pushed he confirmed that Labour won’t use the exit provisions of the deal to remove New Zealand from the deal. Worse still, he has also said they won’t vote against the enabling legislation.

So when Andrew Little says he opposes something then it is probable he is lying to you as a voter. And when he says he supports something, then based on his positioning for opposing things, you really can’t believe him on that either.

Labour has misled the public over the TPPA; he has played one song for the hard left and quietly played another song for other voters.

Voters aren’t stupid, but Labour and Andrew Little have treated them as stupid. Voters will see this and they will remember.

Labour has lied from the get-go with their opposition.   Read more »

John Key: back, ready and brutal. Steve Little, no so much.

In case you missed Key yesterday… he was enjoying himself.

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Some of my Labour sources disagree about my post on Annette King

A couple of my Labour sources have emailed and suggested I missed a few signals that Annette King’s continued candidacy sends.

Loved your post on Rongotai, but I wonder if you missed the steaming turd atop the turd-pile. This is being seen internally as a massive repudiation of Little. Handing him Rongotai — where he fucking lives! — would have been a vote of confidence in Little and the surest sign to date that the Grantistas have made peace with him as leader. By doing the opposite, it is clear they still regard him as a stopgap figure at best. This should be read as a sign that Little  is far more vulnerable than he appears.

Any word on coming polls? The Nats should top 50, surely.

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That’s nice Andrew. Why don’t you dip into your own pocket and buy it?

Andrew Little thinks the taxpayers should buy a beach.

Labour is calling on the Government to stump up the remaining $1 million to purchase Awaroa Beach.

More than 11,000 New Zealanders have already pledged more than $1.1m to Duane Major and Adam Gard’ner’s campaign to raise $2 million to entrust a sandy stretch of Awaroa Inlet in Abel Tasman National Park to the public.

The Government appeared to signal help toward the campaign just over a week ago, when Environment Minister Nick Smith said the Government did have a nature heritage fund “fund from which we might be able to provide some extra incentive”.

But the Department of Conservation indicated they would not be contributing money toward the campaign, though they would add the beach to the National Park if the purchaser gave it to them.    Read more »

Comment of the Day

Whaleoil stalwart Dave has done some “research”:

So, who was the winner of the Waitangi Day fiasco, was it John Key or Angry Andy Little? I decided to do some proper research, and see who won the Facebook popularity contest over John Key’ decision over not going to Waitingi for the abuse fest, the results are no surprise.

John Key post at the nines. 12,067likes, 1400 comments, 205 Shares.
Andrew Little. 516 likes, 40 comments, NO SHARES (I even picked his most popular post for Waitiangi weekend).

So, well done John, you catch more hearts and minds with positive fun photos than being a wet dreary angry man.

NB: No animals were harmed in this very unscientific research. Research was conducted just after midnight NZ time, key researcher required a large G&T to recover from the dreary FB page of Angry Andy.

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Rodney Hide isn’t impressed with Angry Little’s bribe either

Andrew Little

When I give my vote, I want my money. Immediately. I don’t want it on promise.

That’s why Little has left me so underwhelmed. My vote for him is just a down payment. He wants it again and again before I get my money.

The policy-on-promise wasn’t in his speech. You have to go to the policy detail for that.

It shows Little’s policy not fully kicking in until 2025 – three elections away.

I vote for Little in 2017, I get a year free post-school education. I vote for him again in 2020, I get another year. I vote for him a third time in 2023 and I get my third year. That’s a lot of voting for not much, a long way off.

Little takes seven Budgets to deliver his promise.

As I predicted, it would just be days before the whole thing would fall apart under a little bit of scrutiny.  Read more »

Is Little looking like a PM while having foot washed and painted?

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Andrew Little is so desperate for attention he will do almost anything to get it.

While Prime Minister John Key was busy dodging protests on Waitangi Day, Labour leader Andrew Little was having his foot gently bathed up at Waitangi.

Shirleyanne Brown, of Ngati Hau health and social services, was doing the honours, joking it was “just like the biblical times”.

Had Key been up in Waitangi it may well have been like biblical times as well, but it would be more of the fire and brimstone Old Testament.

Such are the delights and carefree life as the Opposition leader. Even the security detail usually assigned to the Leader of the Opposition for Waitangi left him after the Dawn Service, free to roam at will. Little was on safe ground – his party was opposing the Trans-Pacific Partnership and he had not yet had the time or power to do anything to peeve Maori.

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Hooton on the extreme left cuckoos in Labour’s nest

Matthew Hooton explains how it is that Labour has allowed itself to be hijacked.

My friend Matt McCarten, now Andrew Little’s chief of staff, introduced me to the word “entrism” some years ago.

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, it means “the policy or practice of joining an organisation with the intention of subverting its aims and activities.”

“Entrism” was first used by 1930s French Trotskyists when dissolving their own radical organisations and joining moderate parties to steer them towards Leninism. It became recognised in English in the 1960s and 1970s to describe the subversion of the UK Labour Party by Militant Tendency, which the party then spent 20 years eradicating to make itself electable again.

Since its election defeat in 2008 and the departure to New York of the firm hand of Helen Clark and Heather Simpson, the New Zealand Labour Party has been the latest victim of the tactic. In the past fortnight, that has reached fruition ,with Labour’s lurch to the extreme left over the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) and its abandonment of the middle ground over student fees.

While the moderate centre of the party – as personified by Phil Goff, David Shearer, David Parker, Stuart Nash, Clayton Cosgrove, Peeni Henare and Kelvin Davis – plan to launch an offensive against the party’s direction in May, they have no chance of success.

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When Little is PM he’ll… no danger of that then

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Labour leader Andrew Little has committed to return to Te Tii Marae and Waitangi every year if he is Prime Minister – the same pledge Prime Minister John Key made in 2007.

Mr Little made the pledge this morning after the Dawn Service. He criticised Mr Key’s no-show saying it was the national day and Waitangi was the place the Treaty was forged. “I think the Prime Minister should be there as the head of Government and the person we look to on days like this.”

Mr Key will be attending the NRL Auckland Nines but is yet to reveal if he will go to any other functions. Mr Little said the Nines was a family event. “But I think most New Zealanders will expect him to do something that looks like he’s taking Waitangi Day seriously, so maybe he’ll fit something else in along the line.”

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