Andrew Little's Strategic Stupidity

For a man who wants to be leader of the Labour party he hasnt been very bright. He is running in New Plymouth, a safe blue seat now the very able Jonathan Young has taken it off the very popular Harry Duynhoven. Harry had about 6500 more votes than Labour at the last election, and was the kind of highly popular local MP that holds seats against massive swings – it was just that this swing was too massive even for Harry to hang on to. Not surprisingly Harry is now Mayor of New Plymouth, so it was the Labour brand that kneecapped him in the end.

Little goes up against Young while the tide is still going out against Labour, and after Jonathan has had three years to bed in. Word from New Plymouth is Jonathan has done a great job consolidating the National supporters who voted Harry and no amount of illegal union muscle will change the race.

Andrew Little should have taken the safe seat of Rimutaka last election. He would have won it easily and now instead of the union wing of the Labour party stopping Goff being rolled he would be in the thick of it consolidating power.


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  • middleagedwhiteguy

    I’d be careful about catergorizing Rimutaka as safe for Labour. As I recall the National Candidate only polled about 700 votes less than the winner.

  • jabba

    Little still seems to be the Labour Party strong man as it appears both Davids have visited there in the past week or so?

    • reid

      That’s good news cause I’m fairly certain Little isn’t PM material.

      He just hasn’t the gravitas and people will see it, long before he ever gets into his shot at office, which he will get one day as at today.

      He’s smarmy, like Maharey.

      Hides it well, but he is. Obsequious in private, is my hypothesis. That’s not PM material.

  • notavictim

    And hes using the usual union standover tactics, also displaying a level of arrogance that is plain astonishing. He expects that the seat is his by right cause he’s the “union man” when are these muppets going to realise that most people dont wont 70’s union throwbacks. He has broken the first rule by publicly slagging off the opposition, FFS even the greens probably know that one. How does he expect to be a legitimate candidate when he has blatantly ralled against all things business his entire career.

  • Madison

    Yeah, real genius here. HE will only move to NP IF he wins, if not then he’ll just stay in Auckland, big job on support there. He also mentioned at a ‘meet the public’ that a donkey could get elected in the King country electorate if it was backed by National. Not the kind of things an intelligent person should be saying. He also wants to plow millions into re-developing the port here, but no idea on where the money will come from. Genius.