Not surprisingly, the Labour fanboi is excited as the new Labour leader has managed to make it through 3 pressers and 2 interviews. Â Yes, that’s all it takes to call a winner.
Little has barely put a foot wrong in his short time as leader, and the conservative reshuffle announced is another example.
I’ve now watched Little get through three press conferences, two major interviews and a reshuffle with no black marks.
With the reshuffle, Little has shown considerable political skill as he goes about building the complex latticework of loyalty required to run the Labour caucus.
The reshuffle is what John Key would call an elegant solution.
I think it has the right mix of a good deputy, Grant Robertson and David Cunliffe in the right spots and an effective front and mid-bench.
If it wasn’t Monday, you would be forgiven for thinking it was Throwback Thursday, given he has chosen Annette King as his deputy.
King was of course on Team Grant and hardly screams next generation.
But I actually think King as deputy is a good call. Aunty Annie is a cross between Labour’s Mother Hen and a Courtney Place bouncer. She is highly effective in Parliament, incredibly loyal to Labour Inc, doesn’t want to roll him and will be a good mentor to Little now he has plonked her in his inner circle.
Due to the time of year, I think Little will get the benefit of a few months of performing under very low pressure. Â This will lead to a false impression and sense of competence. Â One thing that Paddy forgets is that it isn’t just a case of being a steady leader – his talent below him will continue to be the gifts that keep on giving. Â Let’s see how he survives a few scandals. Â Read more »