A challenge for Andrew Little

Winston Peters has been filling halls at public meetings…and boasting about it on Facebook.

Public meeting of Winston Peters at Levin

Public meeting of Winston Peters at Levin

The old tusker still has pulling power.  

But it raises an interesting question for Andrew Little. Can he pull like Winston can pull?

I suspect not. Given his appalling ratings in our exclusive INCITE: Politics polling he’d struggle to fill a phone box, if phone boxes still existed.

If the leader of a major political party can’t pull an audience then he really doesn’t have any claim to be leader of the opposition.

In terms of performance that mantle now rests with Winston Peters.

If Andrew Little has presumptions of power he is going to have to match and then exceed Winston Peters, and he can’t do it in the tried and true union way of bussing in supporters. He will have to get genuine people along to hear his droning, gravelly voice and rather short (shorter than even Winston) visage.

There is a world of difference between railing against the bosses in the smoko room and holding sway in a public hall packed full of people who want to be there.

 

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