Little tries to distance himself from his slave Labour camp

Andrew Little continues to distance himself from Labour’s slave labour camp and intern debacle.

NBR reports:

Labour leader Andrew Little has admitted he had no idea a controversial intern programme for 85 students was being run by the man in charge of his Auckland office, despite the fact Matt McCarten was on his payroll.

In an interview with Morning Report, Mr Little said the programme “wasn’t sanctioned, approved, or authorised” by the Labour party.

“I certainly wasn’t aware this project was being organised the way it was and had advanced as far as it did before we were notified of the problems with it.”

He has a slight problem with that line of attack. His Rodney candidate, Marja Lubeck has been tweeting pictures of the interns and his candidates standing in front of Labour signs…at a meeting that Andrew Little attended, along with other MPs including deputy leader Jacinda Ardern.

Andrew Little knows all about this and is trying to lie his way out of the trouble his dopey plan has got them into.

Mr Little says the programme was being organised and run while Mr McCarten – Mr Little’s former chief of staff – was the director of Labour’s Auckland office.

But Mr Little had no knowledge of the scheme, despite being in Auckland “every week.”

“When [Mr McCarten] first floated the idea of an internship programme at the beginning of the year, I told him it was a party issue, a campaign issue.

“I was not aware he was involved in dealing with this – he can do this stuff in his own time, he doesn’t work for me 24 hours a day… I don’t keep track of everything he’s doing in his own time.”

“It looks to me like he, and anyone else who was involved in this, was embarking on a project that wasn’t just a party thing – he was going beyond that.”

They’ve thrown Matt McCarten under the bus…and are continuing to throw him under the bus. But Little can’t claim, with any credibility, that he knew nothing.

It seems he is playing Sgt Shultz too.



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