Who is Andrew Little? Ctd – The Images

Modern politics is presidential in its nature. Elections are won by popular leaders as much as they are won by popular policies, and the blink test is one of the most important tools for evaluating political leadership.

The blink test is a theory that you make up your mind about a politician in the time it takes to blink. The Tories have always reckoned they have had Ed Milliband’s number because he fails the blink test.

So it is worth putting up a few images of Andrew Little and seeing whether he passes the blink test. Unfortunately for Little the camera has not been kind to him, and by the looks of things it will never be kind to him.

We will start with his own image from Gravatar, which lets him comment on blogs and include his image. Even with his end images he manages to come across as slight goofy or as if he has been punishing the press gallery wine, or someone has given him a toke of a particularly good coromandel special. This suggests he embraces his goofy or stoned or toasted look.


The next image is one of him with a halo, from outside his house in Island Bay. For a left wing publication to publish a photo of Little looking like he is wearing a halo is particularly telling. His supporters would have been annoyed that he ends up with a goofy looking photo rather than a serious one.

Labour Leader Little Andrew

Labour Leader Little Andrew

The next image is from the Christmas lunch Little served in the electorate that have repeatedly spurned him, New Plymouth.


Once again the allegedly left leaning press have chosen an image that maintains Little’s goofy or stoned or toasted look. This appears very deliberate as the photos of Little have been distorted to make him look even more goofy or stone or toasted than normal.


The Listener photo above adds to this impression.

It is a photo of a desperately short man trying to appear tall but only serving to add to the goofy image.

Little’s media people will be appalled at this series of photos, especially since they know how important “optics” are, and that the blink test is how most of New Zealand’s vast population of disengaged voters are seeing Little portrayed.


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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.

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