Labour have been confident that they finally have a leader that can compete with John Key.
They were stoked when he said “cut the crap”. They liked his no nonsense, straight talking style, not realising that he would have to actually compete in likability stakes with John Key, as well as competence stakes.
Little’s first head to head confrontation, yesterday’s state of the nation speeches, did not go well for Little.
He ducked and weaved and delivered a speech that was pedestrian at best, and “very flat” or “Even if his delivery and presence at the podium still needs a lot of work” according to whichever left wing pundit you choose to follow.
Whats worse is todays usually reliable Dominion Post has a headline “Key trumps Little on speech day”.
The even more reliable Vernon Small had to point out the obvious, a big win for John Key.
The battle of the speeches has delivered a clear victory to Prime Minister John Key, who set out headline-grabbing plans to revamp social housing, including a potentially unpopular sell-down of thousands of state owned houses. Read more »