Observing Andrew Little in the wild

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by Paul

I am not the most observant at the best of times and, having commenced a return to Wellington from my uncle’s funeral up north, I was probably fairly preoccupied and a bit melancholy as I waited for my gate call from Auckland airport at about 11:30 on Thursday morning.

I was just passing the time watching people wandering around when I noticed Andrew Little and three other guys (whom I couldn’t resist thinking of as his ‘goons’, but are probably a mix of media men and security) making a purposeful walk through the domestic terminal to what I assume must have been his appointment with the media to outline Labour’s plan to tackle housing or something with money they don’t have.

What I found quite interesting was the fact that a group of four or five PSA reps were seated about 20 feet from where he was walking through to his car, they had been there for a little while as they looked quite relaxed chatting away just on the edge of the seating by the food hall, they could easily look across to the Dunkin Donuts. Mr Little seemed focused on getting through the terminal and out to his waiting ride, while his entourage seemed more interested in checking their phones than anything else. If members of the public other than me recognised him they didn’t seem to show it, but that is also a Kiwi trait I guess, it could have been Obama walking through before anyone made a fuss.

The PSA people in their bright red PSA shirts and Mr Little seemed oblivious to each other despite passing within a conversational distance, perhaps that 20 feet was just a bit too far for them to take notice of each other. Can’t blame people for being in their own heads at an airport sometimes, but it seemed to me to sum up why Mr Little is around the 7% mark: he doesn’t seem to take the time to look around him and engage with people, and people who should be engaging with him, either don’t recognise the opportunity to or just cant be bothered.

This would seem to be in contrast to John ‘Selfie’ Key – who at least looks like an engaging, if slightly goofy sort of bloke who will likely get my vote again in 2017 barring a few genuine screw ups.


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