Rodney Hide looks at Andrew Little’s stinker week:
Spare a thought for Labour Leader Andrew Little. His week’s been a stinker.
It started well. The pundits had been reporting a “good vibe”. It was more good news when it leaked that Little had poached Willie Jackson from the Maori Party. Pundits declared it “a deft strategic move”. Oh joy! Labour were up and on a roll.
Then Little and Jackson announced, that yes, it was true, Jackson was standing for Labour. And yes, Little had lured him with the promise of a high place on Labour’s list, writes Rodney Hide.
That was it. All hell broke loose. The “deft strategic move” proved a total train wreck.
The truly shocking thing was that Labour did it to themselves. Yes, feelings within caucus and the party were running hot but there was no need for that anger to bust out in public. Internal ding-dongs are best handled with the door shut. Especially in election year.