Who is Andrew Little? Ctd – First Speech in Parliament as Leader

Andrew Little became Labour Leader on the 18th of November.

Parliament did not sit until 25th of November, which was Little’s first opportunity to deliver a speech in Parliament.

The speech is here.

Little was highly praised from his own side for taking the fight to National.

His anger or passion shows through, and the left seemed to think that this was some sort of victory.  

Points to note are at around the 1.15 mark he loses his thread and looks clumsy. This is not good for an aspiring leader who has spent years thinking about being leader and yet he bombs his first chance to deliver a flawless speech.

Then at the 2.45 mark he talks about the “Dirtiest, Filthiest, Vilest campaign ever”.

He manages to work himself up into such a fury he starts losing his voice at the 4.15 mark. Any decent political professional will be deeply embarrassed by their client not having the speaking technique to deliver a 10 minute speech without shouting themselves hoarse.

At the 7.30 mark he loses his rag and has a go at Nick Smith over ethics with his hoarse, angry voice. He is also setting himself up by going on about ethics to be called a hypocrite when Labour get caught doing anything even remotely “dirty.”

At the 10 minute mark he starts rabbiting on about the constitution and how the current government is a disgrace. He makes the following bold statement.

“The people of New Zealand want something different”

Really? Which people of New Zealand?

The 47% of voters that returned John Key to parliament? Or have they changed their minds in the two months since the election?

Unfortunately for Little the Angry Andy meme works way too well based on this speech, and it is hard to see the general public embracing this kind of anger.


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