Goff got rolled at 15, Shearer at 13 and Cunliffe at 12

NZ Labour opposition leaders' Preferred Prime Minister ratings during the National Government - source: Kiwiblog

NZ Labour opposition leaders’ Preferred Prime Minister ratings during the National Government – source: Kiwiblog

Arts, lifestyle and travel blogger David Farrar loves his numbers, and today he’s in devastating form.  You can now see why Labour and their Media party friends are making so much noise about the Panama Papers, tax havens and John Key.

They are desperate that nobody notices that all three previous Labour leaders in opposition were rolled on Preferred PM numbers that were much higher.

Politically, Andrew Little is a dead man walking.

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For more analysis on this, and other matters in politics, make sure you catch the April edition of INCITE: Politics, where David Farrar will report on John Key and Andrew Little’s latest numbers that he’s polled exclusively for the newsletter.


– David Farrar, Kiwiblog


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  • Sally

    So it is early days for Little. He still has time to poll as high as his predecessors and get rolled.

  • Doug

    Personally, if I was a member of the labour party looking at leading I would be waiting until some of the special interest groups that have caused this to find a new host to leach from…. Then I would roll the leadership.
    Until then there is no point, unless you think you could lose those groups afterwards, and I don’t think that would be possible with a knife in your back

  • Genevieve

    Andrew Little 007, starring in his latest movie Skyfall.

  • Wasapilot

    As I think Rodney Hyde said, when people start to feel sorry for a politician, that signals a terminal position.

    I am starting to feel sorry for little.

    RIP angry, and bring on the next great hope of the labour party.

  • XCIA

    I’d be interested why Cosgrove is not contesting 2017, why he is leaving, where he is going to and what part Little played. It would be very unlike a MBA man not to have a plan.

    • R&BAvenger

      Cosgrove was interviewed a day or 2 ago and he did a classic ‘Andrew Little is a great leader and fantastic guy’ speech. It was a transparent lie, much like when Robertson said a similar thing after Cunliffe was installed as leader, how he was looking forward to working with Cunliffe as PM for many, many years to come. It’s also know as the kiss of death.

  • Wheninrome

    Given that all things are Key’s fault, MSM will be “angry” that the recent decision in the indecency trial in Whangarei is Not Guilty, must be Key’s fault.

  • rexabus

    Who’s the guy or lady in the labor party who most everybody likes and wants to be around? Maybe that’s who they should think about for leading their party and not some Union propped up guy who can’t even win a popularity vote in his own electorate

    • dumbshit

      Or in his parliamentary team!

    • Legallysane

      Having Jacinta as leader would be the best show in town, but then again, I shouldn’t be so mean……

  • Mine it,Drill it,Sell it.

    Goff could not show Key the Money, Shearer showed Key two snapper, Cunliffe was sorry for been a man like Key and Little is only weeks away from completing the seven year itch and leaving while wearing his Panama hat.

  • Frank N Further

    But the “Party” can’t roll Angry Andy. Not while the Unions are their paymaster, and with their gerrymandered leadership voting system giving the Unions at least two, and in some cases, three votes.

    • Jude

      Surely there are some young intelligent ones that must be thinking of forming a New Labour?
      Or do they have to wait until after a General Election and they suffer an even worse defeat than last time.?

      • Andy111A

        I bet you can’t name three young & intelligent labour party ministers

        • Jude

          True, but some of those younger ones might be better off without the Unions constraint.
          The next Labour Prime Minister is not yet in the House.
          A rebuild of New Labour, has to start with something though.

        • Uncle Bully

          You’re quite right. There aren’t any. I just checked who’s who, and they’re all retards. Even the younger ones like Carmel, Chris and Stuart are up-and-coming retards.

      • OneTrack

        None of them want to do that. The only thing still going for them is “Dad always voted Labour”, so as soon as they come up with a new name, “dad” won’t vote for them.

    • Keanne Lawrence

      You seem to have nailed it. They are stuck with Angry Andy like it or lump it and it has absolutely nothing to do with his minimal skill inventory. It must be said that just when we think he has dumbed down as low as is possible he slips down the slippery ladder even further.

  • Cadwallader

    If the recent Labour leaders were part of a cricket team, extras would be the highest score!

    • shykiwibloke

      Makes sense – opening batsmen (Goff) went on to score the highest. Now we are into the tail end. The real question is – what will they be all out for?

      • Curly1952

        They won’t be able to bowl the other team out – they have tried bouncers, spin, long hops (hopes), beam balls, full tosses and quite a few no balls but not one of them had the batsman bowled, caught or stumped.

        • IKIDUNOT

          I have only seen underarm balls….

  • phronesis

    They should go back to Shearer, if he was dumb enough to take the job once maybe he will do it again…

  • Superman

    The dearth of talent in the Labour party beggars belief. There is absolutely nobody available that could even remotely aspire to lead a birthday party let alone a political party and by extension a country. With the state of the world as it is at present this is a good thing for New Zealand.

    • benniedawg

      To completely finish this cabal of fools, sack Little and enshrine Adern. Heard a media person say yesterday she is passionate but not a deep thinker like Shearer etal. Read not very smart. Probably fair to assume she would further damage the, whatever you want to refer to them as, but political party is not a label I would necessarily use. To preserve some form of dignity she would most likely resign prior to the next election having been mercilessly tripped up in the House. This folks would then herald the demise of labour nz as we currently know it.

      • OneTrack

        The lefties are big on sharing and it is her “turn”. C’mon Andy, be “fair”(tm) and give the baubles to Jacinda.

  • metalnwood

    Amazing that as they get worse their appetite for the abysmal gets larger.

  • Toby

    Maybe they should just ditch having a leader all together and just shut up.
    I think they would actually poll better if they didnt say anything ever.

  • 10cents

    they seriously should just say nothing at all and just nod sagely whenever anything happens that they feel could potentially roll their way. it is their own words that condemn them. Watching Labour on TV is like watching Zombies get blasted on The Walking Dead. Entertaining but eventually tedious and predictable…