Little goes full Muldoon on Hooton

Andrew Little followed up last week’s ‘mare with a horror start to this week.

After having to force Sue Moroney to apologise for her nasty comments, he’s then gone on a witch hunt against Matthew Hooton in a Muldoonist style attack.

Labour leader Andrew Little says “well-paid PR operatives” are part of the “vicious” online commentary which he said could be contributing to threats against Government ministers.

Mr Little said today that a change in the tone of online communications, combined with tough economic conditions, were factors in the recent behaviour by members of the public towards Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett and other MPs.


“It’s not a justification for aggressive behaviour or even aggressive comments. But if you combine a sense that people are feeling that life is tougher along with this change in the tone of a lot of communications — some of which are coming from well-paid PR operatives too, I might add — then it’s not surprising that there are some people who are going to read completely the wrong signal and think that it’s OK to make completely unacceptable comments.”

Mr Little appeared to single out lobbyist Matthew Hooton.

Asked by a reporter whether he was referring to Mr Hooton, he said “Could be”. He said the lobbyist had “a particularly vicious … edge to his communications”.

Mr Little said he could not cite specific communications off the top of his head.

“They have an edge to them, that is, I think, unfitting of somebody who claims to be a disinterested observer with right-wing leanings.”

Andrew Little is the one setting the tone for Labour…he’s just as nasty as Sue Moroney. With comments like that he is showing some real Muldoonist tendencies.

Hooton, for his part, called it right saying:

Asked to respond to Mr Little’s comments, Mr Hooton said the Labour leader was “an idiot” and he had “no idea” what he was referring to.

“I can’t think of anything that could be characterised as vicious over the last 12 months or so,” he said.

“I should probably seek an apology … but I don’t think he’s a person worth seeking an apology from.”


Phil Quin took to Twitter today to summarise succinctly the problem Andrew Little has with a running commentary on the debacles of the last two weeks.

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Disarray is an understatement. Quite how attacking Matthew Hooton is going to work for Andrew Little is beyond me. It is like they’ve given up attacking me, or issued orders that I am to be ignored, and they can’t directly attack the media so they are going after Matthew Hooton.

Quin summarises further:

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Simon Garlick is dead right. Labour have no clue whatsoever that they are screwing up. They are acting like, and proving they are, political retards. Ham-fisted attacks on Asian Kiwis, opposing the flag referendum out of spite when it is your own policy, talking of stiff-arming banks, and closing borders to trade…and now abusing commentators, are all signs of a deep desperation. As we all know, desperation is a stinky cologne.

For Andrew Little to blame threats against government ministers on commentators shows just how out of touch with reality he has become.

The rot has set in…and it starts at the top. Andrew Little is a man alone, well…he has McCarten and Salmond…but that’s about it. The fact that Little can’t even remember what he is voting for in parliament, and making public statements the opposite of his deeds, shows just how duplicitous or forgetful he is.

I am starting to believe that we are witnessing the complete destruction of the Labour Party. Watch as MPs start realising it too and shuffle off back to their seats to shore up support and hope like hell that their own personal support in the electorate can weather the coming storm in the polls.


– NZ Herald

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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.

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