Robbo “categorically” denies he’ll take Angry Andy’s job this term


Labour MP Grant Robertson has “categorically” ruled out challenging his party leader before next year’s election.

Speaking on The Nation today, Labour’s finance spokesman said leader Andrew Little had his full support, despite ranking poorly in a recent Newshub preferred-prime minister poll.

“The guy that I work with everyday is working hard,” he said.

“He’s got the vision to say we need to focus on health, education, housing, building up jobs around New Zealand and I think he’s doing a good job.”

He would “categorically not” challenge Mr Little, he said.

Mr Robertson ran in a party leadership race against Mr Little in 2014, narrowly missing out on the top spot.

The fact is that the question was asked.  And nobody asks the question unless there is talk that a leadership challenge is on the cards.

It doesn’t take a genius political analyst to realise Andrew Little is a political dead man walking.  The party is polling lower than when Goff and Cunliffe were punted and his personal numbers are so bad even “down the toilet” would be something Andy would consider an improvement.

Nobody wants the job right now.  Little couldn’t offload it if he wanted to.

That doesn’t stop Robbo from his continuous campaign of undermining Little in private.

The pressure will start to come on around April-May next year when the list MPs realise they’re looking for a new job unless they can get a leader that inspires a more substantial party vote.  Winning won’t be an issue.  Survival will.

Robbo isn’t that person, just quietly.  But strategically it may make sense to stick Jacinda in the job.  Her star qualities will earn back quite a few percentage points.  By the time that starts to wear off, Labour will have another term to sort out their internal problems.

All they have to do is put the Unions back into their place, dump the team responsible for 3 straight election losses, and get rid of the old wood.

But then they’re still stuffed.  Instead of a bunch of able, highly motivated and generally attractive candidates waiting in the wings, Labour have just more academics, unionists and life-long entitled troughers to pick from.

No money.  No talent.  No future.

If that’s not their next election slogan, it should be.


– NZN via Newshub

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