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 â the ultimately doomed ‘man ban’ â 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 menâŠ 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 â 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.”
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