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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  • Cadwallader

    I am going to defend Muldoon rather back-handedly: For all his weird and wonderful ways Muldoon was not an idiot. Little is an idiot.

    • Positan

      I think it highly proper that the words “complete and utter” should be inserted before “idiot.”

  • niggly

    Are Labour MP’s going to sleepwalk to further electoral disaster in 2017 again?

    Little/Labour isn’t getting any traction in the polls and is now resorting to desperate attacks on individuals, people and ethnic groups that are perceived to be different to him/them. Sadly we haven’t seen it all, there will no doubt be more to come …

    Why wait until the inevitable happens (election defeat), instead Labour should give themselves a “change of heart” and present that to the public by dumping Little and giving themselves a year or so to gain some positive press.

    Let’s face it, there isn’t much positive about Labour under Little’s leadership as they attack all those that are different to them, which is over 50% of the population…

    • Mick Ie

      “Little/Labour isn’t getting any traction in the polls…”
      I have to disagree. They have plenty of traction and continue to do so. Every time one of them opens their mouth, they speed faster and faster in a downward spiral.
      At the rate they are in decline, National may not require the support of other parties and might be able to govern alone in 2017.

    • Stamper44

      Another of their problems Niggly is – the process for choosing their replacement Leader. Dumping Little would lead to another of those painful processes, again leading to every one’s 3rd choice. Hell – it could even lead to Little being re-elected to the position given the Unions’ clout in the voting process. They are a fiasco at every level.

  • Pluto

    It smacks of wailing desperation, and note the language “well-paid PR operatives” ie the dirty rich. Is Matt well-paid Andrew ? One would hope not.
    The last point about electorate MP’s shuffling back to their electorates to shore up their own support – this happened last time with Cunliffe remember, although that was only with a few months to go before the election. The rot has set in early this time.

  • Tom

    From the Angry man in the angry party thats a bit rich. They have spent the last 9 years looking for dirt on Key and when they find none they just make it up anyway. Thats ALL Labour have been about. No lasting alternative policies. no vision for NZ nothing but hate politics. They are reaping the rewards of that and are heading to be a minor party as I suspect the moderates in Labour will only put up with humiliation for so long then sling their hook.

    • JustanObserver

      Not only have they made up stuff about Key & Govt ministers, they stoop to maligning the spouses & children . . .
      ‘Nasty-Party’ barely describes their depths of desperation.

  • R&BAvenger

    They are completely out of touch with the wider NZ public and are trapped within their own echo chamber. Tough economic conditions? Not here in NZ. The only moaning and negative comments are coming from meetings with Labour supporters and unionists – it’s all they have to offer – apart from a $200 pw bribe for everyone, paid for with your own money.

  • kiwiinamerica

    I’m enjoying Phil Quin’s tweets – they have the added cutting edge of a former Labour insider. Little can’t and won’t really call out the deranged hard left on their threats because they are now Labour’s base.

  • Steely Man

    It would be hilarious (sort of) if New Zealand First started outpolling Labour and Little and co had to face the possibility of being junior ministers in a New Zealand First led Government

    • Doug

      It would be funny, but how scary would that be, the possibility of Winston becoming prime minister…

  • Ross

    Here’s an even scary thought, although we’ve got more chance of seeing Jesus…

    Can you imagine if something happened pre-election (another Hager novel that manages to stick, JK seriously drops the ball etc) and there’s a spontaneous turnaround in support for National which leads to support to Labour by default, the quality of MP we’d have sitting in the Government benches would be an absolute disaster. The current selection are absolutely woeful, and I can’t imagine they’ve got anyone astute or intelligent sitting in the wings.

  • In Vino Veritas

    Aye. Stupid people do not know that they are stupid. And Assinine Andy leads from the front on the note, that’s for sure. Its hilarious to watch Labour repeating left wing social media comments as if they are the view of normal people.

  • Keyser Soze

    “I should probably seek an apology … but I don’t think he’s a person worth seeking an apology from.” Now that should be sledge of the week!

  • Keyser Soze

    I almost can’t wait for election cycle… Strategists at the National party are going to have a very big bag of ammo for JK to attack Little (or his replacement) just about every time he opens his mouth. It should be awesome!

  • Catriona

    Well, I recall some pretty nasty staff coming from Labour in the lead up to the last election. Didn’t a number of the Labour MP’s have a roll in the hay with Dotcom?
    Katie Bradford was giddy with excitement every time she did a newscast thinking in her own ignorance that “everything we do and say will make them change their minds (voters)”. Nope it didn’t Katie and your dialogue next time around won’t even put a ripple on the water.

  • Keanne Lawrence

    You would think somebody in the Labour party would see the damage being done to the party by Captain YFront? Prior to the previous election drubbing they were desperately chasing traction which produced the famous observation we are all familiar with.
    From there they have continued the downward trend under his leadership. Frustrations of their supporters is now stooping even lower than dirty politicking we saw pre-election they are now becoming like trapped rats. Lashing out in every direction except the source of their entrapment.
    Dumb and dumber are all now turning vicious and totally out of control with a strange level of impunity to the amazement of law abiding citizens. Raising the question. No matter how the laws are made, changed and expanded, we never get to see them enforced? Why?
    Woe betide Captain Y Fronts safety if their faithful followers ever get to figure he truly is as dumb as so many commentators and the majority see him.

  • Stamper44

    Political Parties in an MMP environment. Is it a coincidence that both Moroney and Angry Little are list MP’s? Not so in my book

    After its 2002 disaster National did a root-and-branch rethink and made major changes to its structure and operations.

    I don’t know what National did in 2002, but today, I have the feeling National is the only Party which truly recognizes the importance of winning and holding Electorate Seats.

    To hold an Electorate Seat you have to know and understand the aspirations of the electors. i.e. you have to be directly engaged with the people – no Ivory Tower in Wellington view. You also have to have “electable” candidates; people able to mix it up on the Town Hall hustings and defend their policies, and most importantly, listen and learn from the electorate.

    Labour had this under FPP. The Greens have never had it. NZ First don’t have it – with one obvious exception.

    Today, 20 years after MMP came in, Labour appears comfortable with becoming a “List Only Party”.

    Is Labour sliding, inexorably, towards becoming a bunch of List only MP’s?

    I don’t think Labour recognizes the implications of this; second rate candidates, jobs for the boys out of the Leader’s office, Ivory Tower inhabitants, etc., lacking in potential Ministerial candidates.

    I am a National voter, and hope they get a 4th Term, but, we need a genuine contender on the Opposition benches to keep the bastards honest.

    • Platinum Fox

      To be fair Labour only has five list members (Ardern, Cosgrove, Little, Moroney and Parker, or [more accurately] in list order Parker, Ardern, Cosgrove, Moroney and Little).
      Mind you, you do have to wonder how, other than through name recognition, fools like Robertson, King, Mahuta, Twyford, Lees-Galloway and Sepuloni can win an electorate.

  • Superman

    Little suffers from little man syndrome.