Who is Andrew Little? How long does Little have to increase Labour’s polls?


Labour have gone through four leaders in the past seven years, and are now on to their fifth.

This suggests that Andrew Little needs to be watching his back, or keeping it against the wall if Grant Robertson is around.

Robertson engineered the dumping of David Shearer with some beautiful low bastardry that impressed the VRWC.

This was all without Robbo copping the flack for doing the back stabbing. Shearer’s mid 30s poll ratings a year out from the election gave Robbo the chance to move his forces to stare down Shearer and force a leadership election.    

This didn’t work out so well for Labour or Robbo, with Robbo getting thrashed by Cunliffe in the leadership election, then Labour shedding nearly ten points in the polls and getting soundly hammered in the election.

Andrew Little now faces the same problem that Shearer faces, what does he have to do to stay leader?

If Labour tipped out Shearer for polling in the mid thirties how long will Little be allowed to poll in the mid 20s or at half National’s vote?

Will he have a grace period where Robbo’s backstabbing mates leave him in place or if he hasn’t started polling in a winning position at the end of the year will the war drums be beating for his removal?

Remember, Shearer can poll mid thirties, any less than that Little is comparing very badly to a more popular former leader.

Cunliffe’s pathetic showing int he election is certainly no bench mark. Even hapless Phil Goff would be better.

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