Was Grant Robertson white-anting Andrew Little too?
Rob Hosking at NBR seems to think so.
[P]erhaps the most revealing aspect is to do with Mr Little’s colleagues – what has and what has not happened.
First, what has not: there has been no rush by Labour MPs to defend their leader. Mr Little is very much on his own on this, in Parliament and elsewhere.
Usually, in such matters, with a leader in trouble, colleagues run interference, at question time in Parliament and in the media.
This time: nothing.
Second, what did happen: there was the odd, apparent stuff up, by Mr Little’s leadership rival Grant Robertson, at Parliamentary questions yesterday.
With government ministers desperately keen for the chance to enhance Mr Little’s discomfiture by raising the issue of the unpaid bill, Mr Robertson’s questions to Finance Minister Bill English provided them with just that opportunity.
Asking whether the decision not to cut ACC levies was at to be the result of competently managing and growing the economy, rather than “ripping off workers and businesses,” Mr English gleefully pointed out that “it is not the right day for the Labour Party to be talking about ripping off the workers. I mean, at least the workers pay some levy, whereas Andrew Little did not pay any of the bill.”
Now, Mr Robertson is a wily and experienced performer at question time. As a politician, Parliamentary ducks and drakes is by far what he is best at: in fact, his major fault is he often appears to think it is the whole point of politics to score some sort of debating point on the floor of Parliament. Read more »