Judith Collins on work ethic and winning

Judith Collins has a column in the Sunday Star-Times today that mocks Labour for hating on John Key being with the All Blacks as they won the World Cup.

She then gets into the mechanics of winning where hard work beats natural talent.

Which then segues into discussing the missing talent of Andrew Little and also his missing work ethic.

We’ve seen the will to win in our Prime Minister. We saw it in Helen Clark. We don’t see it in the current leader of the Opposition, Andrew Little. That’s his problem. So far, I’ve seen nothing that tells me that Little is really serious.

Last weekend we had the Rugby World Cup final. This weekend, it is the Labour Party Conference. I’m sure the usual platitudes will result. They’re all behind the leader, all united, no factions, everything’s great. Except it’s not.

Andrew Little made a strategic error in handing over his Labour Party voters to Winston Peters in Northland. Sure, the result left National groggy – for a while. Sure, it took away a crucial vote for real Resource Management reform, but who are the losers in that? It’s all Kiwis and particularly people in Northland who want to see an even more vibrant economy.

I’m no fan of Winston Peters. He’s got the talent but not the work ethic. Tales of his unwillingness to read the fine print abound. That’s why his goal is 7 per cdent of the party vote not 50 per cent. But, right now, he is a more effective Leader of the Opposition than Andrew Little.

Winston Peters has proved to be way more effective than Andrew Little as Opposition leader, which is why he is passing him on the preferred PM stakes. That has to be embarrassing for Little, being beaten by a septuagenarian.

Any hope for Labour? Maybe. I think they’re getting their lunch eaten daily by NZ First – and that’s saying something. Just like with any sports team, government will always be better – smarter, leaner, stronger, when there is an effective, credible Opposition producing policy, holding the Government to account and offering an alternative government.

Despite seven years in opposition, Labour still doesn’t look electable. The attacks on the PM and his friendship with McCaw were silly. Labour’s boasting that Little was paying his own way and not in some corporate box for the final just made him look like Nigel no mates.

The person coming through in Labour is Stuart Nash. Unlike Little or even Ardern, Nash knows how to win. He took a National seat off us by sheer hard work and tenacity. Little can’t even win a former Labour stronghold like New Plymouth. No wonder Little opted for Annette King as his Deputy.

Andrew Little is quite a nice person to chat to. But he has to either get serious or get out of the way. A Nash/King combination would tick a lot of boxes.

On top of that Nashy knows how to fundraise…from people with real hard cash.

Judith’s column is brutal and Phil Goff’s response is limp…which is probably how his mayoralty will travel. I wonder how much longer Goff will have his column since he has all but announced he is standing for the Auckland mayoralty?


– Sunday Star-Times

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