Soper on Little

Barry Soper views the world through red tinted glasses. He really misses the cosy chats he had with Clark so the past 8 years have been a bit of a shock to his aging system.

Given you are only as young as the woman you feel, he is has perked up a bit in recent years. His article at NewstalkZB on Andrew Little says more if you read between the lines.

The latest telly opinion poll, at 28 per cent, puts the party about where David Shearer had taken it to before he was dumped. So what’s gone wrong with this party that began the year with a hiss and a roar, offering free tertiary education to those who haven’t had the benefit of it before?

Actually David Shearer got Labour to around 35%.

Even though he spent a couple of years as Labour’s President before becoming a list MP, essentially because he’s been unable to wrestle his home town of New Plymouth from National’s clutches, he’s still a relative political newcomer and at times it shows.

No one trusts a scum list MP…and Andrew Little has shown he has tits for hands when it comes to local electorate battles. He is seriously challenging Sue Moroney for the title of Labour MP who has increased his opponents majority more than anyone else.

He does make comments that should resonate with Labour followers, even those occupying the centre of the spectrum, like after last year’s Budget saying it didn’t seem fair that a 30 year old doing a similar job to a 66 year year gets less because the older man gets an extra payment.

Fair point but the only follow through came from the party which was forced to say it’s not considering means testing the pension and it had just dropped plans to raise the age.

But this year it’s gone from bad to worse. Even though John Key lost the flag debate he’s untainted with National at 50 percent.

Labour’s had the policy of doing away with the current flag ever since Little was a schoolboy, but when they didn’t like the process they threw their toys out of the cot and voted against their own policy.

Voters saw through their crass charade.

Labour was the architect of the Trans Pacific Partnership but Little ordered his troops, with the exception of Phil Goff, to vote against it.

Then there’s been several rushes of blood, like legislating to force banks to follow the dictates of the Reserve Bank, Chinese and Indian Chefs taking kiwis jobs when in realty they’re desperately needed here and the failure to sell the message of the excellent Future Work conference that became sidetracked by a universal income.

Little admits their people aren’t listening – a consistent, coherent message would be a start.

Coherence isn’t one of Andy Pandy’s strong suits.

If Barry Soper is writing negative articles about Andrew Little then Little is on borrowed time.



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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.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.