Helen Clark’s advice to Andrew Little was basically “be like John Key”

Oh my.  No love lost between Hells Bells and Angry Andy, that much is clear.

Labour leader Andrew Little has rejected a suggestion by his predecessor Helen Clark that parties on the left must “command the centre ground” to win elections, describing the suggestion as “a pretty hollow view”.

Little says he instead is focused on building “a coalition of constituencies” as he prepares for next year’s election.

Clark told TVNZ progressive parties like Labour could not be written off and had to “roll with the punches” despite poor results around the world in recent years.

She also suggested Andrew Little should just “be himself”.

However, they had to ensure they had the support of voters in the centre in order to succeed, she said.

“It’s possible and it’s necessary, because to win an election in New Zealand or probably any Western society, you must command the centre ground.

“You have your strong core of supporters, but you must get the centre ground voters, and I think I was successful in that for quite a lot of years.”

“Call it what you like – I don’t think an analysis about the centre is at all helpful, it’s meaningless.

“What I talk about and what I think about are the issues of the day and the constituencies who are most concerned.”

Little said his focus was instead on forming “a coalition of constituencies”, such as low- and middle-income Kiwis concerned about issues like housing and those in the business sector unsatisfied with the Government’s efforts to grow the economy.

A coalition of constituencies.

Right.  Doesn’t quite roll off the tongue like The Missing Million, but it shows that Labour are still in la-la land.

As for calling one of Labour’s most successful Prime Ministers’ advice “hollow”…


Angry Andy may have to be careful.

Before he knows it, he’ll be a “hater and wrecker”.

Listen Andy, National won, you lost, take that.


Labour are determined to be a fringe political party.  A fringe party that will join a group of other fringe parties that will hopefully command enough votes to put them in power.


– Stuff

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They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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