Hide feels sorry for Little

By the time people feel sorry for a politician, you know we’ve got to the point where they are kicking someone who’s already down.

Every time I think of Labour Leader Andrew Little – which I must confess is getting less and less – I can’t help but feel sorry for him. Nothing ever goes his way.

Prime Minister John Key sails on and on, seemingly effortlessly. Little fumbles and falls. And if he doesn’t trip up, one of his team does it for him.

Now Helen Clark has teamed up with Key for her tilt at the UN’s top job.

That must rankle.

It’s not just Key endorsing Clark. It’s Clark endorsing Key. They are now a team who talk and strategise. They are Richie McCaw and Dan Carter after the top prize.

It’s impossible for Little to present Key as arrogant and incompetent when Clark calls on his help and he agrees. It looks good for Key. In 2008 voters were forced to choose between the two but now they are a team. It makes Key middle-of-the-road and attractive to the former Labour voters he won in 2008.

And while Key is helping Clark scale the Mt Everest of politics, Little is left aimlessly throwing rocks. It’s not a good look, not when Key and Clark are arm-in-arm winning the vote of the world.

I can’t help but smirk at the inevitable – that the deified Helen Clark is going to have to become a pariah.  Not only has she said anyone who didn’t support the TPP is stupid, now she’s even working hand-in-hand with the Government to get her next job. Oh, that must hurt so much…  

Clark had New Zealand’s top job, has gone even higher on the world stage and is now after the UN’s top job. Her political fortunes have risen higher and higher since she departed Parliament; those of her party have sunk lower and lower.

Key has already spoken to his mates Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron. We are reminded he has built personal relationships with world leaders that no other New Zealand Prime Minister has enjoyed.

He and his family had a weekend at Balmoral Castle. He plays golf with the President of the United States. He chats to the British Prime Minister.

Little has no power and little influence. Sadly for him the polls have him and his party stuck resolutely in Opposition.

And yet, internally, they still repeat the mantra that they’re doing 35%. Yet poll after poll comes out starting with a two.

As for Little being a preferred Prime Minister, he’s being hauled in by Jacinda Adrern because of her glossy magazine charm offensive.

How many 20-something polls and preferred PM polls will it take before Labour admit to themselves they simply do not have the momentum to take the toys from John Key?

Don’t tell me they’re once again hoping for something, like the Panama Papers, Dirty Politics v2 or some other scandal.

Labour are dead in the water.

The truly remarkable thing is that they continue to tell themselves they have a chance.


– Rodney Hide, NZ Herald

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