Who is Andrew Little? – Can Andrew Little Compete with John Key?

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.   

By contrast, new Labour leader Andrew Little opted for a more general approach, as he tries to reposition the party on the centre ground, with a pitch to small business and a promise to cut unemployment to the lowest level in the developed world.

But he stumbled when he failed to recall the current lowest rate – about 3.5 per cent against 5.4 in New Zealand now.

The problem for Labour and Little is that people don’t usually change their minds after the first impression.

They were waiting to see if Little was anything different from the previous Labour leaders.

So far Little hasn’t done anything to make them think they should look again at him, and Labour.

On the other side John Key delivered a well crafted speech that had real solutions to real issues, at the same time as trapping Labour into fighting for state house tenants, a policy that will never win over middle New Zealand, especially when the house they use in their advertising is a holiday bach not a state house.

 

– Fairfax

 


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.

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