Trotter is calling on Jacinda to stand up or the party will be a “ruin”

Chris Trotter is calling on Jacinda Ardern to “save” the wreck that is the Labour party

Is it time for Jacinda Ardern to roll Andrew Little in a last-ditch attempt to right the sinking Labour ship?

Veteran political commentator Chris Trotter says if she doesn’t, when the inevitable happens and Mr Little resigns on the morning of September 24 after helming Labour to an historic defeat, she’ll be inheriting “a ruin”.

“Step up for the party for the cause and for decency’s sake, because your leader clearly feels unable to go on,” he told The AM Show on Monday morning.

Andrew Little made himself irrelevant to voters when he tried to throw in the towel, and it caught on the ropes. Now others will try and throw the towel in for him.

Though I’m not sure someone who says comrade so much is ever going to be elected PM.

Mr Little says he met with senior colleagues last week, and is now determined to fight on. But Mr Trotter says it will be an “indictment” on Ms Ardern and finance spokesperson Grant Robertson to let him drive the party down even further.

Why would you back a Labour Party whose leader doesn’t feel equal to the task, and whose caucus is willing to let him swing in the wind, rather than risk the fight that needs to take place?

Because they want to make sure Little never returns and neither do his union thug pals who installed him. You know this is the plan because Labour’s internal polls have leaked again.

Newshub political editor Patrick Gower says Mr Little’s broken a rule of politics by floating the idea of standing down during a campaign.

“You just don’t do that,” he told AM Show host Duncan Garner.

“He should be saying, ‘Yes we’re struggling in the polls, but I could still be Prime Minister – we could form a Government, we could get these guys together.'”

Which is true – even the worst polls show Labour, the Greens and NZ First in striking range of having the numbers to form a Government.

“I don’t understand why he’s going publicly and saying, ‘I’m considering giving up the job.’ There’s a lot for them to look forward to,” says Gower.

The admission puts Mr Little at serious risk, he says – and it was totally unnecessary.

“Andrew Little cannot be safe as Labour leader right now – it’s as simple as that.”

The only thing keeping Andrew Little in his job is the billboards with his face on them, and a lack of courage by someone to take the hit at the election.



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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

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.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.