Some Leaders are more equal than others

Animal Farm by George Orwell – DePorridge

Animal Farm by George Orwell – DePorridge

Andrew Little sent me another e-mail. In it a photo was selected by his team to represent the new Labour and Green memorandum of understanding. It showed The Labour leader and Deputy leader and the two Green co-leaders. I am sure that they had a wide selection of photos to choose from, so the fact that they selected this particular photo is very telling.

A picture tells a thousand words and this photo tells us who the power players are. The subject of the photo is the two people in the foreground, Andrew Little and Metiria  Turei. What this placement tells us is that they are the two leaders.

James Shaw is co-leader in name only. In reality he is Deputy leader to Turei as he has been relegated to the background. This is also demonstrated by the fact that he and Turei do not agree on the purpose of the memo with Labour. Turei said there is no possibility of a coalition with National and that the whole point of the memorandum is to change the government. Shaw on the other hand wants the Green Party to negotiate with whichever party  needs their support to form a government.

The placement of Labour’s Deputy Leader Annette King in this photo is appalling. She appears as little more than a furry hump on Andrew Little’s shoulder. Not only is she behind him she is obliterated by him. Clearly her value to the Labour party is very low and she is expected to be neither seen nor heard.

Remember this is not a random photo selected by the Media to illustrate a story. This is a photo selected by Labour to promote Andrew Little’s latest speech, the memorandum of understanding between the Labour party and the Green party as well as to yet again ask for money.

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This photo tells us that Little and Turei are running the show. It tells us that King is unimportant and that Shaw ( judging by his weak smile ) is not particularly happy about it.

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