Cameron Slater continues to push the ‘Angry Andy’ meme amongst his prolific (several posts a day) attacks on Andrew Little. Even when the posts don’t seem tio be targeting Little he gets barbs in, like today in “Independent” political commentator Bryce Edwards has no clue:
“so now the pressure is on Angry Andy”
“Angry Andy is stuffed”
But this isn’t getting much traction. Fair enough to describe someone as angry when they display anger, but to keep claiming something on a daily basis when there’s no sign of it then it just looks tedious.
Apart from Whale Oil repeats the angry meme doesn’t seem to have been picked up anywhere else, but this description came up once in Parliament last November. 3 News reported:
Andrew Little fired up over Dirty Politics
Andrew Little has taken the Dirty Politics debate to a new level.
The new Labour leader told Mr Key to “cut the crap” in Parliament today.
“Why doesn’t he [Mr Key] just cut the crap and apologise to New Zealanders for running a smear machine out of his office?” he said.
That’s been criticised by some but I don’t see anything wrong with it. Parliament could do with a lot more straight talking and crap cutting.
Mr Key has responded, saying it is going to be a “very interesting three years”.
Labour liked Mr Little’s call so much they made an online ad, while Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce created a new nickname for Mr Little.
“He looks a bit like Angry Andy,” he says.
Perhaps Slater has taken that and kept running with itt, but he’s the only one continuing with it.
Mr Little is fuming about Dirty Politics.
“Why won’t [Mr Key] admit the truth – that his office worked with his blogger to use information held by his security agency to attack his political rival, and the buck stops with him?”
But Mr Key said that was not truth.
He is refusing to take responsibility for the way former deputy chief of staff Phil de Joux used inside information from former SIS spymaster Warren Tucker, with Mr Key’s taxpayer-funded dirt-digger Jason Ede working with Slater, who obtained it under the Official Information Act (OIA) to attack then-Labour leader Phil Goff.
“The black ops operator, Jason Ede, two doors down, doing his job, ringing up the bloggers, manipulating the OIA and getting the attack lines out,” says Mr Little.
Slater might want to keep bringing up this sort of history and his links with Key, whikle Key seems to have wanted to distance himself with as little fuss as possible.
But if Slater keeps promoting negative nickname memes through Whale Oil like this then Key is at risk of being seen as associated and tainted no matter how distant he is from the ongoing Whale Oil campaign,
If Little is smart he could use this to his advantage. Not by dredging up ‘Dirty Politics’, but by turning the ‘Angry’ into a positive.
There’s a difference between uncontrolled rage type anger and justified irate anger.
If Little occasionallly displays controlled anger as long as it looks justified then it could work to his advantage. If people feel pissed off about something they won’t mind seeing a party leader pissed off about it, as long as it’s not overdone.
People like strong leaders so this could strengthen Little’s credibility. But he has to get it about right. David Cunliffe’s emotion sometimes looked contrived (along with other things he tried), adding to his difficulties. Phil Goff can sometimes get into extended anger that can go too far.
Helen Clark could effectively display anger without putting on a display. Sometines just a withering look is enough.
Politicians are human. They’re allowed to have normal human emotions, like anger, and it should be fine for them to show it.
So there’s nothing wrong with saying forecfully “I’m bloody angry about this” (or “cut ther crap”). If you then move on to a suggest some positive alternative action then all the better.
As long as Little doesn’t start throwing microphones across the house in a rage then a bit of hackle with the heckle won’t hurt.
Slater has just posted another attack on Little – Who is Andrew Little? Can Andrew Little Speak Under Pressure? Slater is trying to put pressure on Little but I don’t know if any of it will get through. He continues his meme.
“He gets all angry and shouty and doesn’t look as if he is in control at all”
“He gets angry and shouty, and loses his composure”
He also compares Key to Little – Key after eight years as party leader and six years as Prime Minister, versus a rooky.
The key will be comparing them during the campaign in 2017. Little has time, but he’s got a lot to learn.