Who is Andrew Little? Ctd – Does Andrew Little have the bottle for a fight?

Andrew Little

Andrew Little has been considered the man coming in the Labour movement for a generation.

Strangely for a former student politician and unionist he is not known for having much mongrel in him. He bailed first when Judith Collins sued him and Trevor Mallard for defamation.

Labour’s politicians and activists are usually well versed in the dark arts, and know exactly how dirty politics really is because they have been in the thick of some of the most enjoyable political fights ever.

What has been strange about Andrew Little is that he has not had a great reputation for being willing to fight to get ahead. Contrary to the public story that he didn’t want to enter parliament in 2008 because of his young son, the word from inside Fraser House is that Little wanted Rimutaka when Paul Swain retired. In the murk and skullduggery that went on before that selection Little was essentially out muscled, and decided not to run.   

Little put his own career at risk by deciding to run in New Plymouth in 2011. Winning there was always going to be tough for a man who left New Plymouth as a teenager and worked in Wellington. He had options that involved showing he had the mongrel in him to win a contested selection with a sitting MP, but Annette King refused to go quietly in Little’s home seat of Rongotai.

Despite running a union in Petone and having plenty of willing supporters in Hutt South, Little did not choose to use this union power to beat Trevor Mallard in the 2014 selection. He was advised to repeatedly, and failed to take that advise, putting himself at the mercy of the party’s list ranking.

The 2014 election was good for Labour in terms of picking up electorates. The picked up three Maori seats, the new seat of Kelston and Stuart Nash took Napier off National.

This contributed to cutting the number of List MPs down to five. Little was 5th, and spent a nervous few weeks wondering if special votes would tip him out of parliament.

This means any serious political observer has to wonder how much fight there is in Little.

Is he man enough to have a big stoush to get what he wants?

Will he man up to the deadwood in his caucus and clean them out or will he let them remain?

Will he dump the man ban, or will he cave to the sisterhood?


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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. 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.

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He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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