“Independent” political commentator Bryce Edwards has no clue

Labour leader Andrew Little and Prime Minister John Key are both due to give their State of the Nation speeches tomorrow.

So, after last year’s lively election campaign and the ensuing Labour leadership race, what can we expect from this year in politics? And why are both of them giving their speeches on the same day?

Otago University politics lecturer Bryce Edwards says Mr Key is probably trying to “stamp out” Mr Little by giving him as little oxygen as possible.

But Dr Edwards says that might be difficult, with much of the media’s attention likely to be on his attempt to rebuild the Labour Party following the disastrous election result last year.

“John Key will be trying to snooker him at every turn, and stop him from getting publicity.”

Nice try framing this Bryce, but as you well know, the opposite is happening.  There is going to be relentless attention on Andrew Little from National to balance up the “independent” fluffery that you and your good leftie media mates are planning.

Andrew Little isn’t wanted by the majority of his own party, he isn’t wanted by the majority of his own cabinet, and he is definitely not wanted in his own electorate.

He nervously slipped in being the last Labour list MP into parliament, and is only there but for the grace of his union mates.  His union mates who are going to want payback.  They never got it from David Cunliffe – he was a lame duck – so now the pressure is on Angry Andy to deliver for the boys in the smoko room.

Like David Cunliffe, we will see two-faced Andy.  One that is trying to calm the horses out front, lest the public discover his hard left and extreme leanings when it comes to certain things, and the other is for the union faithful that will want to hear how he’s going to deal with compulsory unionism, cancelling the 90 day trial period, the living wage, paid parental leave, extended holidays, the return of meal and break times at specific times, and a generally employer hostile stance.

Just like Cunliffe, Angry Andy is stuffed.   He can’t take a middle of the road path without dumping on his support base.  And while he talks gently to the press and the public, they will become increasingly worried that his private assurances to them that he’ll get to it closer to the election might not work out.

Labour parties the world over are being suffocated by their union paymasters.

It’s going to be delicious to watch.

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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.

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 who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.