Little’s flawed strategy

Richard Harman explain’s Labour’s and Andrew Little’s flawed strategy.

As the political fallout from the Panama papers begins to settle it is clear that the debate has become quite simply the Prime Minister against the Leader of the Opposition.

National politicians over the weekend at the party’s regional conference were all perplexed by Labour’s tactics and most concluded that the party appeared to have no organised strategy.

Instead, it had been left to Labour Leader Andrew Little to go head to head with Prime Minister John Key.

But that was Labour’s strategy.

Labour sources say they want  Mr Little focus on the Prime Minister and portray him as a rich foreign exchange dealer looking after his “mates” from the finance sector.

As part of this strategy it has been decided Mr Little will be the sole spokesperson the Panama papers.

It is a stupid strategy. It is the same strategy that Labour has used since since 2007 and failed.

Labour are busily leaking salted figures to the Press Gallery that the PM’s favourables are slipping, but I’m not seeing that with our exclusive polling from Curia that is released each month in INCITE: Politics.

They are also lying to their caucus by telling them that Labour is currently polling at 32% when the reality is probably some 6% below that.

By lying to themselves with internal polling they are developing a strategy based on those lies and are achieving predictably bad results.

Labour has argued for some time that the soft National vote flakes off because of concerns about the Prime Minister’s style and approach to politics.

But the problem for Labour is that when the voters do depart National, they tend to go to New Zealand First.

That was the trend that allowed Winston Peters to win the Northland by-election just over a year ago.

POLITIK understands that there is polling currently available which confirms that and shows a sizeable shift out of National and into NZ First.

A flawed strategy from Labour for sure.

The Panama Papers “scandal” has blown up in their face. There is simply no one of interest and the big reveal was that lawyers do trust work. Labour look nasty, vindictive and out of touch.


– Politik

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