With Andrew Little’s poll ratings mired below even David Cunliffe’s you have to wonder whether or not Grant Robertson is grooming himself for another tilt at the leadership.
Despite his announcement after being rinsed by Andrew Little off of the back of the union bosses supporting Little, it appears that Robbo may actually be having a crack again.
He has ramped up his publicity…he’s gone after John Key on a privileges complaint and done a soft…and I mean really soft positioning piece with Tracy Watkins at Fairfax.
The whole article doesn’t say much at all other than Robbo is going to do some shouting. Presumably in some country pubs because that is what all Labour aspirants do…cart themselves around the provinces supposedly to reconnect.
It is hard to tell though from the article.
Rugby mad Hurricanes fan Grant Robertson must have shouted himself to exhaustion at the Super Rugby final last weekend, One of his final tweets from the match admitted as much before his phone battery finally gave out from all the tweeting and texting.
Robertson’s approach to the finance portfolio curve ball thrown at him by Labour leader Andrew Little has been nowhere near as shouty as he was forced to rapidly negotiate unfamiliar territory.
Robertson was not the obvious fit; that mantle sat squarely on former finance spokesman David Parker’s shoulders. Always the lateral thinker of the Labour caucus, Parker was the man behind Labour’s 20011 economic platform. He won widespread kudos for tackling some of the thorny issues – think capital gains tax, monetary policy and raising the pension age – head on. But kudos failed to translate into popularity, and Little’s claim to the leadership was built on a promise to review – read dump – the more unpalatable measures.
Little may be having a rethink as a lot of the economic chickens come home to roost, in the form of Auckland’s housing crisis, particularly in light of Bill English and John Key’s halfway house move to a capital gains tax.
But Robertson’s challenge has been to craft a coherent economic position while waiting on the wider party and caucus to grapple with the fundamentals of which parts of Labour’s 2011 manifesto to jettison, and which to keep or re-package.
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