They simply can’t spin Angry Andy’s stupidity. Audrey Young writes:
Three guesses who Labour’s trade spokesman is …
David Shearer? No, foreign affairs (at least he still was last night).
Grant Robertson? No, finance.
Phil Goff? No, defence.
All three having been talking trade this week, but no.
Three more guesses.
David Parker? No, he was it when David Cunliffe was leader.
Clayton Cosgrove? No, he was it when David Shearer was leader.
Maryan Street? No, she was it when Phil Goff was leader, and is out of Parliament anyway.
Get the picture?
No wonder Labour’s messages have been anything but clear.
It is in fact Dunedin MP and former reverend David Clark, and has been since last November in Andrew Little’s first-anniversary reshuffle.
But the Trans-Pacific Partnership is far too major an issue at present to be handled by Clark.
For the next few months, Little himself and Robertson will be de facto trade spokesmen.
On National’s side, too, Steven Joyce is doing the heavy lifting instead of the new Trade Minister, Todd McClay.
This past week, without doubt, has been Little’s worst week as leader.
This isn’t unexpected. Last year was the honeymoon period. It was the time to jettison bad ideas dreamt up by Cunliffe and those who failed over the election. It was time for “review” and “consolidation” and “listening”. Read more »