Who is Andrew Little? Did Andrew Little spend the summer preparing for his first speech?

Here is a short clip of Andrew Little’s first speech of the year.

You would have thought that a man in the most important role of his life would have spent the summer working on his speaking. He did not. In 36 seconds he keeps ducking and weaving and looking like he doesn’t belong there.

At several stages in his speech he ran out of breathe and stumbled and stuttered.

And TVNZ obviously didn’t get the memo about what a great speech it was because Katie Bradford apparently said it was a little bit flat. A little bit flat is not going to cut it when it comes to convincing New Zealand that he is our future Prime Minister.

Corin Dann is also disparaging.

Labour Leader Andrew Little has delivered a solid, well-targeted, if unspectacular State of the Nation Address this morning.

The speech was deliberately lacking in policy detail and instead aimed at reassuring business, and in particular the small business owners who’ve deserted Labour, that the party wants to work with them not against them in creating a growing economy.



The lack of policy detail today will draw flack.


But while the speech itself was delivered well enough, Mr Little did make the classic mistake in his post speech media conference of not being across all the details.

In the speech he set a new goal when government to get New Zealand’s unemployment rate down to the lowest in the OECD, but when asked what that rate actually was, he admitted to not knowing.

According to the OECD the lowest rate is Korea with 3.5 percent. New Zealand’s is currently at 5.4 percent. He should really have known.

It’s a sloppy gaffe which his opponents and the media will highlight and will be an early reminder of the pressures that he will now come under as Opposition leader.

What he has to hope now is that doesn’t overshadow a carefully thought out speech that was all about positioning the party for the long haul.

Looks like the planned two positive appearances a week plan isn’t going so well.



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