Labour Reshuffle “nothing to do with polling plunge” – Little

Reshuffle? Got to try something, I suppose

Reshuffle? Got to try something, I suppose

How do you know when a politician is lying? His lips are moving.

Andrew Little is trying have us believe that his reshuffle isn’t related to dreadful poll ratings.

Labour leader Andrew Little says an impending caucus reshuffle is unrelated to the party’s recent polling plunge.

Instead, long-serving MP Clayton Cosgrove’s decision to retire is behind the minor changes, which should be announced this week.

Cosgrove announced on Monday that he would stand down at – or before – the 2017 election, saying now was the right time to make the next step in his career.

Little said the six-term MP’s decision prompted him to look Cosgrove’s responsibilities, and what he was best suited to do until he left.

“There’s some things that he wants to do, and I’m very keen for him to do, so it’s freeing him up some time to do that, and that’ll mean at least one of his portfolios going somewhere else.”

Little said moving Cosgrove’s portfolios would have “a knock-on effect”, but only a few portfolios would be reassigned.

Given the small size of his caucus and the distinct lack of talent there isn’t much he can do.

He still needed to speak to some people about the reshuffle, which “really won’t be particularly significant”, but hoped to announce the changes this week.

That’s good for morale…telling people via the media that they need talking to.

Speaking about Labour’s fall to 28 per cent in a recent poll, Little said he and his caucus were aware that they needed to improve their performance.

“We all know we have a job to do, which is to get our messages out, make them more clear-cut so people are hearing them, and frankly be more aggressive.

“I think everyone’s got that message and that’s what we’re going to be doing.”

Little said opposition parties were “drawn into all sorts of issues”, but Labour needed to be clearer about its own priorities and policies.

Labour has developed a habit of chasing every passing bus. It isn’t working and not likely to anytime soon.

With his own personal poll ratings tanking he would do well to replace himself.


– Fairfax

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