Larry lashes Labour leader Little’s loss

Labour leader Andrew Little is tracking at a dismal 7 per cent in the preferred Prime Minister stakes – behind Winston Peters. It’s the lowest poll rating for a Labour leader in five years.

Andrew Little says the poll result is “obviously disappointing” and reflected a “bad couple of weeks” in March.

“I think it’s a question of us knuckling down, understanding the need for a clarity of message, and sticking to the things that are important to New Zealanders.”

I’m sorry, but Labour just doesn’t seem to get it, they’re doing the complete opposite.

They’re rolling out ideas, sure, but there’s always the caveat – increased taxes to pay for even more welfare.

The polls reflect Labour moving in a different direction to the public, simple as that.

The Future of Work conference revolved around far left foreign academics promoting their socialist ideas, and that’s not where the public wants to go.

As for the Universal Income Benefit – all options on that table turned out to be horribly unaffordable, so why waste time debating ideas that are so “barking mad” the public won’t endorse them?

The cost would be about $40b a year, when New Zealand’s tax take is around $60n-$70b. That leaves very little for welfare, which would still need to be paid for. For supper annuitants.  Defence. Health. Education. And all the other favourite pet projects that Labour could never say “no” to.  

Just today Labour showed why they continue to flounder in the polls.

Mr Little said the Prime Minister was “far too cagey” when asked if he had used a tax haven for his finances. “He needs to clear up this quickly. He must come clean if he has directly or indirectly benefitted [SIC] from funds in a tax haven. The last thing our international reputation needs is for rumours to swirl around our Prime Minister’s tax affairs.”

He has come clean Mr Little. He says it’s a load of tosh! I have seen no evidence to the contrary.

For some odd reason, Little feels he’s obliged to malign the PM at every turn.

He’s implying that the PM is being dodgy with his wealth. He offers no evidence, just innuendo. It’s “dirty politics” and it isn’t working. Just have a look at the polls.

The most amazing thing is that this is the behaviour that got Labour into the 20s and National re-elected with the largest majority in the MMP era. And that’s on a third term as well.

So Labour think that some more of this approach will make a difference?

They are going out on a huge limb hoping that something in the Panama Papers will give them a magical glass of milk to use against John Key.

The thing is, the journalist who was sitting on the Panama Papers contacted Nicky Hager months ago.   You can be sure that if there is anything in those Panama Papers that is even remotely damaging to Key, it won’t come out now. It will be kept for Hager’s next book to come out four weeks before the next election in 2017.

Labour are clutching at straws; they know it, but when all you have is straws…


– Larry Williams, Newstalk ZB

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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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