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.

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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.

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Labour Leader Little Andrew

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

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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.

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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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  • Daniel

    Is it just me or does it look at Angry Andy’s wearing bell bottoms on the escalator?

    • Wheninrome

      He is hoping fashion repeats and he is portraying an “ahead of the times look”.
      Wishful thinking on his part, or, frugal – I won’t waste taxpayers money, or just plain silly?

    • FredFrog

      He can’t find trousers with short enough legs, so they’re pooled around his ankles.

    • dgrogan

      No power dressing then? He should have a chat to Turei. She’s up with the play there.

  • conwaycaptain

    The GOOFY Christmas Elf says it all

  • sarahmw

    Oh now now Andy standing on an elevator not holding rail? Tut tut. Or was the elevator stopped just for you? I bet John Key wouldn’t have the elevator stopped and he would have been holding on. The Left……..rules don’t apply. Sighhh.

    • Day Day

      Escalator going down, much like Little’s polling.

  • Wheninrome

    Photoshop the elf hat with the horseman horsing around in parliament video, now there is a look

  • Hands in pockets says it all for me.

  • Eiselmann

    …the photo with the Santa Hat….scares my inner-child , he really looks like an evil elf.

  • Coffee Connoisseur

    Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people
    Eleanor Roosevelt.

    • Davo42

      While we’re on ER quotes, here’s one that will fit nicely for Angry Andy;
      “I have spent many years of my life in opposition, and I rather like the role.”

      Eleanor Roosevelt

    • dgrogan

      Here’s an idea you and Angry Andy might like to think about:
      “Give a man a fish and you’ll feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you’ll feed him for a lifetime”.

      • Coffee Connoisseur

        The problem is not teaching the man to fish. The man has been taught to fish. He has used logic, common sense, knowledge and innovation so that instead of throwing out a line and waiting all day patiently for enough fish to bite so that he has enough to go home and feed his family, he has built himself a kontiki with a timer that sends out his long line automatically at 5 in the morning. He gets to the beach at 8am brings in the kontiki, collects the fish, resets it for the next day, goes home and spends the morning with his wife and kids. Then goes and plays around of golf with his mates in the afternoon.
        Its not rocket science just common sense that’s all.

        • Dave

          Except, in these modern times, he now gets up early, switches on the coffee machine and makes a brew, sits outside watching the waves crash on the beach in front of his state provided home, showers in the renovated bathroom paid for by the government, and then catches a taxpayer subsidized bus to the local WINZ office to fill in a few forms and get an extra subsidy, and to help his cuzzie apply for a state house as well. Then its home, to watch the beach again. Gone are the days of self sufficiency, too many socialist governments have ensured an entire generation understands and has learnt how to hold their hand out over and over.

          • Coffee Connoisseur

            So you have a choice look at and discuss better alternatives or simply sit and complain.

            too many socialist governments have ensured an entire generation understands and has learnt how to hold their hand out over and over.

            And you care about this now because your taxes are taken to pay for it all making it that much harder to get ahead.
            So why not change the system to one where you can live the life you want to without them doing that to you and without them continuously voting for handouts.
            You only need to look at history to know that in 3 – 6 years those wanting the handouts will again be back in govt and so the cycle continues.
            If nothing changes……then nothing changes.

      • Coffee Connoisseur

        Oh and please don’t try and paint me as left (or right for that matter).
        I am intelligent enough to make up my mind issue by issue.

      • Coffee Connoisseur

        The thing that amuses me so much about Right Wingers is that they want less tax, less government, and more freedom.
        So you go okay that’s great here’s a system that will give you zero tax, less govt, more freedom and more time.
        That’s sounds great, what’s the catch?
        Its not Capitalism.
        What do you mean its not Capitalism?! Are you mad!!

        • El Diablo

          Ok I’ll bite. What system are you talking about?

          • Coffee Connoisseur

            I’m talking about using Systems Analysis to determine the system we should have as a society based on who the system should be for and the purpose of it.
            The closest to it is a highly automated Resource Based Economy.

          • El Diablo

            Sounds like Communism to me. It was Marx who popularised the phrase “From each according to his ability, to each according to his need.”. Tell me who is it exactly who gets to decide who the system is for and its purpose? The answer would be people who enjoy having total control over other peoples lives.

            Myself I prefer freedom. Freedom to acquire as many resources as I am able to based on how hard and how cleverly I am willing and able to work and the freedom then to spend those resources I have earned as I please (within the bounds of a modern advanced society that has restrictions on ones freedom to pollute or commits acts of violence to others etc).

            And yes, freedom is messy and sometimes chaotic and can often result in bad things and undesirable outcomes. But it is the most valuable thing a person can have. Anyone who proposes a “perfect society” by taking away my freedom I will oppose with every bone in my body.

          • Coffee Connoisseur

            When you are talking systems for mankind to live by there are going to be some areas common between each of them. Example both Capitalism and Communism through their implementations come with a monetary system and large government. Both Capitalism and Communism require people to work and work hard to keep their economies strong. But Communism and Capitalism are both failed systems when you look at them in the context of who they are for and what they are supposed to do.

            RBE by contrast has small government, does not require a monetary system and actively automates roles using technology so that people have more time to do the things they are passionate about.

            In fact RBE is a system designed on the premise of what is required for human happiness and uses Maslows Hierarchy of needs as the basis for this. Maslows is used in current economic theory for Capitalism also. Unfortunately Capitalism doesn’t get there.

            RBE recognises that everyone has different needs and wants and designs the system around simply enabling those needs and wants to be met. It actually uses and builds upon many of the things that have been developed under Capitalism.

            heres a good example of RBE vs Capitalism vs Communism just to illustrate the differences.

            Lets take wood as the resource and consider its use in keeping us warm. Imagine a deep forest, and a small society within it, living in huts that they need to heat.

            In capitalism, we all fight over the wood, some people end up getting all the wood and then sell it back to us.
            In communism, everyone gets an equal amount of wood.

            In a Resource Based Economy, we build a solar thermal farm and heat everyone’s hut.

          • El Diablo

            Sorry but this is pie-in-the sky Utopian nonsense. It simply won’t work.

            You call capitalism a failed system. You couldn’t be more wrong. Far from being a failed system it is an exceptionally succesful system. Without fail the more capitalist a country becomes the wealthier it becomes and living standards for everyone improve. The only reason people (mostly socialists who want to control our lives) call it a failed system is because it creates inequality. Therefore, despite everyone being better off under a capitalist economy, the envious still rail against it because some have more than themselves. They would rather everyone was equally poorer.

            This is an unfortunate part of human nature, but human nature can’t be denied. For that very reason your system will never work. The person who has the genius to figure out how to build a solar thermal farm wants to be rewarded for that. The person who is in charge of such a risky project also wants to be rewarded when it is completed successfully. If they are just getting allocated the same resources as everyone else they won’t bother. Thus your perfect society stagnates and decays. I could go on ripping more holes in your idea, as easy as shooting fish in a barrel but I will finish by pointing out to you that these kinds of ideas which have been around for a LONG time have never actually worked anywhere. The closest would probably be the Israeli Kibbutz model and even those have had to become a lot more capitalist focused in recent decades.

          • Coffee Connoisseur

            Sorry but this is pie-in-the sky Utopian nonsense. It simply won’t work.

            It isn’t Utopian as people will still need to work. We can’t automate all of the roles in society only a little over 60% of them.

            To determine whether Capitalism is a failed system depends on your perspective. It depends on who you think the system we all live under should be for and what the purpose of it is. The same is true for determining if any system is failing.
            What we have now is simply stupidity. We have a system for man that man has to work for in order to survive. All other systems designed by man work for man. What we have currently is like building an automobile and then having to push it anywhere you want to go. It is like building a hammer, sitting the hammer on the nail and then hitting the hammer with your hand to try to drive the nail in.

            “The only reason people (mostly socialists who want to control our lives) call it a failed system is because it creates inequality. Therefore, despite everyone being better off under a capitalist economy, the envious still rail against it because some have more than themselves. They would rather everyone was equally poorer.”

            I call it a failed system because it has been unable to solve the biggest issues that face society just like all systems before it. Capitalism is an economic system. It is designed to manage the flow of resources. The reason it fails is that it simply isn’t designed to meet the requirements of who the system is for – people.
            To determine this you simply need to look at what it is that people want and determine how many people it fails to meet this for and how badly it fails.

            As for people needing to be rewarded. That is down to the individual There are countless examples throughout society to show that this isn’t the case and reward does not have to be monetarily based. Having to work far less would be prefferred by the overwhelming majority of society.
            I myself have worked for free for the past seven years.
            Yes there are those who are too lazy to drag themselves out of bed or off the sofa unless they are getting paid but for many this is more being a product of the current system than anything else. There are countless examples in society that show this also.

            The Human nature arguement does have merit but there are those who believe that because of this decision making is best left up to computers. I don’t subscribe to this personally. I want more freedom and control over my own life but I understand their argument and what they propose would still provide more true freedom than Capitalism.

            As for the Solar Thermal farm. The building of this could be largely automated with the technology we have today. But lets say it couldn’t. Lets say that you have to build it using manual labour.
            Here are the two scenarios.
            Capitalism – You work 5 days per week, You get paid for that work This would lrgely involve Plumbers and Sparkies so lets be generous and pay them $60k per annum. The deadlines are tight and they are paid by the hour. towards the end of the project they work 6 days a week and are doing 10 hours on some days. Lets say the project takes 4 months. On completion … well they have already been paid so thats that. They then move onto the next job.. because after all they need to keep working to make more money so they can live under the current system. They have access to the amount of resources they can pay for with the 60K they have earned. They have the deposit for a new ute. They buy one and keep working to pay it off. They work to make money to pay for servicing petrol etc etc etc.

            RBE – They work for the amount of time they need to to finish the project. They could choose to work more hours and finsih earlier. They could do it in 3 months instead of 4. But lets say they simply do it at the same pace as under Capitalism. It takes four months.

            They complete it and take the rest of the year off.

            They have access to a Ute and can choose a different one each day if they like. They don’t need to pay for servicing or petrol. The service station is set up to automatically reorder fuel when the hoding tank drops below a certain level. The fuel is delivered by a driverless tanker.

            They also have access to multiple boats to go out fishing and diving because that what they do in their down time. The 8 months of down time.

            As for how long RBE has been around as a concept about 30 years or since we created a role in society called the Systems Analyst whose job it is to analyse and fix systems using a structured methodology in order to do so. Think of it as the science of systems.

            All systems fail if they do not meet the true requirements that they are there to meet. Unfortunately it is that simple.

          • El Diablo

            What you are talking about can never work without strict authoritarian control, not just of the economy but the entire culture. History would show us that never works out well for the proletariat. You are talking about complete cultural change, not simply changing the economic system. I believe I can assure you with the greatest of confidence that you will never see anything like you have described in your or my lifetime. While I can appreciate you dreaming of this kind of perfect society I strongly recommend you apply more doses of reality to your theories.

            PS: If you wish to quote an extract from my post it makes it easier to read if you italicise the quote. You can do that using the and tags at the start and end of the quote respectively (without the fullstops).

          • Coffee Connoisseur

            What you are talking about can never work without strict authoritarian control

            I do see that as a risk but having said that it is a risk with any system including the one we have right now. This very reason is why the new constitution upfront with inalienable rights of individuals set in stone (so to speak) is so vitally important.

            I and many others looking at this see that the reverse needs to be true on implementation with more of a direct democracy supported by technology approach. The constitution plays a vital role here in ensuring that mob rule doesn’t ensue and minority groups marginalized as a result. True Freedom needs to be understood as the reason to move to this system.

            You are talking about complete cultural change, not simply changing the economic system.

            Yes and no. I agree this does require a fundamental shift in peoples thinking in many areas.
            -The need for money.
            -The need for ownership (although this would best be dealt with naturally through transition over time).
            -The shift away from maximum employment to minimum employment
            and many others…

            but there are many things that we have in capitalism that work exceptionally well and these things should not only be retained but improved upon.
            e.g.Ordering things online and having them delivered to your door being one of these things.
            The best exercise on this front I have found for helping people understand the possibilities around RBE is to imagine your life today but with more free time and without the need to pay for things.

            Example: You go to the supermarket as you do today. You get the items you need and scan them as you go or at a self serve checkout. When each item is scanned it is automatically reordered.

            I believe I can assure you with the greatest of confidence that you will never see anything like you have described in your or my lifetime.

            I accept the fact that you or I will never see the full system in operation in our lifetimes but I do think that we can be around to see much of the transition begin and we may even be here to benefit from some of the initial changes. Technology is already moving us in this direction on many fronts.

            While I can appreciate you dreaming of this kind of perfect society I strongly recommend you apply more doses of reality to your theories.
            Can you give me an example of what you mean by this in case what I’ve written below is off the mark. I’m all good with constructive criticism.
            I think the reality comes into play with discussion around what we have the ability to do right now technology wise. The things we have already automated in society how we could automate or do away with many of our existing roles
            But first you almost have to shock people into a mindset of being able to think outside the bounds of the current system.

          • El Diablo

            ok so lets say that instead of the ute which you generously say I have access to, I want a Lamborghini. In order to gain the privileges to drive it I would need to work longer and harder. After all I would consider it unfair if my ute driving mates were also allowed to drive the Lambo when they did less work than me. We’re trying to create a fair society here right? Or are Lamborghinis considered an unnecessary extravagance in this society when ute’s do a perfectly good job of providing the ability to get from A to B? Anyway, if I did earn the right to drive a Lambo, then the ute drivers would now consider me a rich prick and we’re back to square one.

            Like I said it can’t work.

          • Coffee Connoisseur

            Under RBE if there’s higher demand for lamborghinis then production of them is automated and those who want one can drive one. Those who want a ute can drive a ute. Part of the beauty of the RBE system is that it is a system designed to meet human needs and wants. It takes a similar amount of resources to build one as it does the other so as price is removed from the equation be the product a Lamborhini or a ute it really doesn’t matter.

          • Coffee Connoisseur

            Sorry El Diablo I only had time to read the first line in your response so do want to come back and respond to the rest for you.

            “Tell me who is it exactly who gets to decide who the system is for and its purpose? The answer would be people who enjoy having total control over other peoples lives.”

            RBE isn’t about that – having control over peoples lives. RBE is a system that by its very design enables people to by and large have the freedom to do whatever they want to. The by and large part is that if you want enriched uranium or something that you wouldn’t be allowed to obtain under Capitalism.

            It provides more freedom than Capitalism because money is no longer a barrier to obtaining something. Because the profit motive and planned obsolesence are removed it paves the way for better use of resources and allows for better design and products that will stand the test of time rather than break in 2-5 years as they do now so that you need to go and buy a new one. That said products could be designed in a way so that parts are upgradable to improve both the look and the performance of the product if required.

            “Myself I prefer freedom. Freedom to acquire as many resources as I am able to based on how hard and how cleverly I am willing and able to work and the freedom then to spend those resources I have earned as I please (within the bounds of a modern advanced society that has restrictions on ones freedom to pollute or commits acts of violence to others etc).”

            As far as Freedom goes, RBE provides far more freedom to individuals and access to resources than even Capitalism can. Under Capitalism most work a 5 day week and a two day weekend. RBE could almost halve that from the outset and double the time people get to not need to work.

            Much of the work that will be needed are for roles that can’t yet be automated. The rest will be actually automating roles so that they take Man out of the equation and he no longer needs to perform them. This in turn frees people up to spend more time with friends and family or doing whatever it is that you yourself would rather be doing.

            As for an advanced society the greatest advancements throughout human history have not come about through the desire for money but through the passion of individuals. There are plenty of people working the 5 day week, then doing the things they need to get sorted for themselves and their family on the weekend. They have little time for the things that they are truly passionate about. RBE creates an environment for people to be able to actually do the the things that they are passionate about. The result would be that as a society we would likely have the ability to advance exponentially compared to the speed at which we are currently advancing as a society.

            Right now we have reached a point where politically we simply shift a few degrees to the Right or to the Left ever 6-9 years and relatively little advancement is made. Plenty of new laws are however.

            Under RBE things should be pretty much stripped back to common law. Many of the other laws that we have today will simply become redundant.

            “And yes, freedom is messy and sometimes chaotic and can often result in bad things and undesirable outcomes. But it is the most valuable thing a person can have. Anyone who proposes a “perfect society” by taking away my freedom I will oppose with every bone in my body.”

            You don’t have freedom, not true freedom. If you think you are free stop paying your taxes or more simply stop paying your rates and see wht happens.

            Yes Freedom is messy and sometimes chaotic but in my experience bad things and undesirable outcomes come more from systems that are not fit for purpose.

            RBE will not be a perfect system, like any system it will hve chanllenges but it will resolve most of the issues that come with Capitalism whilst transitioning many of the things that Capitalism does really well.

            “Tell me who is it exactly who gets to decide who the system is for and its purpose?”

            We do as a society. We are no longer dictated to by politicians. It starts with a new constitution setting out peoples inalienable rights.

            It isn’t about taking freedom from you. It is about giving you more than you will likely ever get under the current system or any system we have had previously.

            Just for fun start thinking about if you only needed to work 3 days a week or 4 months a year and in both scenarios retired at say age 45 or 40 .
            Much of how RBE should be structured is up to us as a society to decide.

            We have the technology to automate more than 60% of the roles in society right now.

            You want true freedom? free your mind from the bounds of the current system first…

        • dgrogan

          Ah, well…you lost me at, “The thing that amuses me so much about Right Wingers…” Too bad, eh?

          • Coffee Connoisseur

            pity you could have made it down to the Left wingers are just as bad. But hey some people simply want a place to moan and don’t want to actually fix the problems.

  • timemagazine

    Whatever Little Andrew says or does he will never look or sound prim-ministerial. His media pals might try hard to make him look like a Mesiha but it won’t work.

  • Sailor Sam

    A little man, leading a little party, with little success who does little to impress and will leave little or no mark on this country.
    So shall we stop belittling him now and just ignore the little fellow or shall we give him just a little bit of attention?

    • dgrogan

      Little chance we’ll ignore him.

  • john Doe

    He is a bit Cunliffe(ish), somehow he does not look like a Prime Minister in waiting. His honeymoon with the public is now over and he is fair game.

    • edee

      Anyone who does a silly gangmam dance in Parliament is not Prime Minister material.

  • Heather Baugh

    Whats wrong with the Santa hat photo is the photo. Charitable acts that are used as political photo ops aren’t charitable acts. Phil Goff and David Cunliffe did the same thing on the beach with their rolled up sleeves and spades, pretending they were cleaning up after the wreck of the Rena. Leaves one open to the charge of disingenuousness. Just saying.

    • Ginny

      Yes, and the question is, did he spend the morning up to this point helping in the kitchen? I don’t think so.

    • Cowgirl

      He looks like a Gremlin or demented garden gnome in that photo.

  • Greg M

    It looks like somebody wasn’t paying attention and it managed to escape from the special bus.

  • dgrogan

    I’ll tell you one thing. His hands are not the hands of any working man I know.

    • edee

      You can tell he’s not a working man, there are lots of photos around of him in a casual shirt with shirt sleeves buttoned around his wrists.

      Roll your sleeves up AA, at least make it look like you are getting stuck in and not afraid of getting your hands just a little bit dirty.

  • Guest

    Have another toke Andy – but make sure sure you don’t inhale!

  • Lord Evans

    Have another toke Andy – but don’t inhale!

  • pak

    All round package really. The photographic medium does not favour him and tedious to listen to!

    • The Whinging Pom

      Yep, he certainly could be a game changer, albeit not in the way Labour was hoping…

  • Whitey

    I have a certain amount of sympathy for him here. The camera is not my friend either. But that halo effect – that’s arrogant. That picture says a lot to me, and none of it is good.

  • Neil

    Heard a sound bite of him yesterday…The speed limit should be enforced because people in big powerful cars think they can speed…..Apparently my little 1.3 echo cant do 110km/hr. Why do labour leaders say stupid and unbelievable things. What he says is way worse than his looks

  • He reminds me of an old version of david bain.

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