Andrew Little survives on a 7% approval rating

…while his predecessors were dumped on higher ratings.

There are parallels with the hapless British Labour Party



The pragmatism of aspiring Labour leaders is so self-serving that they will head into a 2017 election just so that Little will go down as the one responsible for the whole shameful mess.


– via Twitter, H/T: Phil Quin


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  • Dave

    Perhaps the Labour caucus and others see the mess, see the train wreck coming and no one else will step up, they know they would be rinsed if they did, so rather than being part of the train crash, they silently wait to be the leader of the rescue and revival of the NZ Labour Party and steadily take it away from the unions, and rebuild the party closer to centre left. Sure a bold move, but the market has moved away from extreme left and total communism.

    Imagine a true leader who can redefine the principles of local support socialism, green principles, and a positiveness. It could really catch on after 12 years of Key / National.

  • Keeping Stock

    Little is akin to Corbyn in that he is trying to take his party away from the centre and to the hard Left, and he is despised by his colleagues. And neither is prepared to step away from the lifestyle afforded them by the taxpayer; the trough is far too bountiful.

    Add to this due Bernie Sanders who still refuses to concede defeat to Hilary Clinton. In clinging to the dream of a socialist nirvana, the careers of all three are likely to end ingloriously. Oh dear; how sad; never mind.

    • dumbshit

      But it will be “the people’s” fault! They just don’t understand!

  • NahYeah

    I like the term “rump shadow cabinet”. Is that a euphemism for “shady-ass cabinet”?

  • Isherman

    In their 100th year Labour find themselves floundering in the polls, in an awkward marriage with the Greens and stuck with a leader with the worst ratings of probably any leader in that time. The poor fools haven’t even got enough coin for a decent birthday party, but then again, what have they really got to celebrate?

  • Wheninrome

    I suppose we could give Andrew Little some praise, he remains true and committed to his union background, we could say he is not a turncoat, what you see is what you get.
    The problem for him personally is that no one likes what they see and certainly don’t want it.

  • Bling Bling

    7% is surely over stated?

  • Karma

    Andrew Little and Jeremy Corbyn. The dingleberries of Labour.

  • Caprice

    I thought Labour were only willing to screw over the New Zealand economy to get into power, by scuppering share floats, talking the country down, promising unaffordable policies etc.
    But No.
    They are also willing to screw over their own party to cling onto the reins of power.
    At least they are consistent

  • Terence Hodgson

    I feel sorry for Labour.

    Instead of engaging with people and suggesting policy, all they ever do is cover people with their sour, nasty tyre-squirt.

    Is there anyone in Labour who can tell their politicians we no longer want tyre-squirt?

  • Simon P

    Let’s be honest, it’s a job you couldn’t give away at the moment.

  • Toby

    The scary thing is that unless National treads very carefully for the next year, someone with a 7% approval could be our next prime minister.

    • Dog Breath

      And there could be enough silly people to make 7 percenter a reality.

  • Bob Dazzler

    Just pause for a second. Would you employ Little to work in your business, never as he would be clueless and a bully boy. Well translate to chairing the Board of NZ, being PM, scary stuff.