Audrey Young has some advice for Andrew Little.
Well, I wouldn’t really call it advice, kind of like your old Aunty piping up in the middle of a family dispute with unwanted suggestions.
Nonetheless, in the absence of any other suggestions Little is likely to listen to it.
Little is the best leader the party has had since Helen Clark because he has controlled the factions.
He does that by not recognising them – of course it helps that the right faction (they prefer to be called moderates or pragmatists) is shrinking in number; Clayton Cosgrove will be the next to exit.
Little will stay leader until the next election, of that there is no doubt. If he is not Prime Minister after the 2017 election, it will be Grant Robertson and Jacinda Ardern’s turn. But until then, the caucus will remain loyal in a way they weren’t to former leaders Phil Goff, David Shearer and David Cunliffe.
Not that they didn’t have failings. Goff was too soon after Government; Shearer was too inexperienced; and David Cunliffe was just too David Cunliffe.
Goff was rolled when he lost an election, his personal ratings topped out at 15%, David Shearer topped out at 15%, David Cunliffe managed to get to 14%. Andrew Little started on 12% and has slid down to 7%…and Audrey Young thinks Labour should keep him on? Little is polling under half where the other leaders were when they were rolled. Read more »