What is there to fear?

Te Reo Putake tries pushing a fear factor at The Standard in relation to Andrew Little’s recent performance.

What is there to fear?

Fear is a Man’s Best Friend

An odd heading considering the content, which begins by praising Little, then:

So why are the haters, even the ones who claim to want National gone, climbing into him?

Fear.

Andrew Little has turned the Labour Party around. The caucus are working collectively within and without. Labour are quietly building good relationships with the two prospective coalition partners. The third potential partner, the Maori party, are also leaning toward a change of direction, or so I’m told.

Fear.

The thought that the Key Government is going to collapse under the weight of its own bullshit is driving Key and his acolytes to personal attacks on a man on whom they can find no dirt. It’s driving them nuts that he is succeeding where Goff, Shearer and Cunliffe could not.

Fear.

The thought of a left wing lead Labour Party achieving power is anathema to some who claim to be lefties, too. The most obvious characteristic of these folk is their inability to work collectively. That’s often reflected in their insignificant influence in actual politics; nobody much wants to work with them either. Any fool can shout the odds in the pub. But its hard graft in the real world that gets things done.

Fear.

The Tories are on the slide. The loss in Northland is an indicator of the trashing to come. Bugger the polls we get to see, their internal polling is telling them the true story. John Key has burnt off sector after sector. His attack on the flag has made rural and provincial NZ question whether National really are their kind of party any more. That may not translate directly to votes for Labour, but any softening of the right’s vote will bring this Government down.

Fear.

What I fear the most (although fear isn’t really the right word, it’s more a concern) is that under Little’s leadership Labour will continue to flounder as they have done since Helen Clark left them over seven years ago.

I am concerned that we will continue to have a weak opposition that fails to adequately hold the Government to account.

I am concerned that we won’t have two strong coalition options to chose from in next year’s election.

I’m concerned that Labour will continue to languish and may even fade away, leaving one dominant party. I don’t think that is good for our democracy.

We, on the left, need to hold our nerve. For the first time since the Clark years, all of the principal opposition parties have solid, sensible leadership. We may have a fear of a fourth term for Key, but it’s nowhere near his fear of us. If we can organise, organise and organise, we can win.

I have concerns that many people don’t see solid, sensible leadership in Little. Nor in James Shaw.  Nor in Metiria Turei.

And is Winston Peters really seen as a ‘solid sensible leader’ on the left? Would TRP think it sensible if NZ First sided with National to form the next Government?

Trying to organise a 2008 Christmas Party isn’t going to win next year’s election. Labour and the left need to do far more things than organise, organise and organise.

Trying to spread fear isn’t one of them. I don’t smell fear, I smell futile and farce.

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37 Comments

  1. Iceberg

     /  18th March 2016

    That’s the kind “confession” that prisoners get to read on video after spending a month in a North Korean jail.

    How TRP doesn’t “collapse under the weight of his own bullshit” is hard to fathom.

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    • Kitty Catkin

       /  18th March 2016

      Maybe he’s been carrying it so long that he’s used to it.

      He needs to find a few real interests in life, like collecting stamps.

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  2. Oliver

     /  18th March 2016

    If you look at everything happening in political sphere – the spy debacle – flag debacle – economy debacle – housing crisis – TPP nonsense – these are the things that people care about, and National a failing in all this areas. People have had enough of the incompetence, they’ve had enough of the lies and dirty tricks from National. It’s time to empty out the garbage and start fresh.

    Labour on the other hand has been attacking the issues and not the man. That’s what kiwis want someone who gets things done and doesn’t involve himself in petty attack politics.

    So Key has already lost in my opinion, and Little is rising to the occasion with integrity and honor.

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    • Gezza

       /  18th March 2016

      Well, we just need to watch the polls over the next few weeks. If TRP is right the bottom should soon be falling out of Key’s bottom and Little should be getting wafted skyward in a complete turnaround in their poll fortunes.

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      • Oliver

         /  18th March 2016

        The polls don’t mean anything. They have a history of being Wong.

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        • Kitty Catkin

           /  18th March 2016

          Why bother to have them then ? It would be easier to just ask you.

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  3. “Fear is a Man’s Best Friend

    An odd heading considering the content, …”

    You probably need to read the whole post, Pete. Like you, I’m a witty guy. (Hint, the answers at the very end.)

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    • Iceberg

       /  18th March 2016

      Because a bitter old white man, the “enemies” of progressives for generations, is suddenly the model for leadership on the left.

      “Truth” to power? From a union leader?

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      • Strange comment. Andrew’s neither bitter nor old and unions have always spoken truth to power. That’s kinda the point of them.

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        • Iceberg

           /  18th March 2016

          As is your usual modus operandi, you deliberately misdirected. Sanders and Corbyn are the bitterest of bitter old white men. You want Little to be in that mold?

          Truth has never been the point of unions. Perhaps it was something about collective power?

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          • No misdirection. Try to be clearer who you are talking about (eg use their name). Neither Sanders nor Corbyn are bitter. In fact, both campaigned rather joyously. Watch a Sanders rally. No bitterness, just people thrilled to have a real alternative for a change.

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            • Iceberg

               /  18th March 2016

              The rallies are a facade. Making an impression on the impressionable.

              He’s been an angry, bitter activist from the start. Who the hell starts a Socialist Party in the US? He’s always been a slob who’s expected others to pay his way.

            • Iceberg

               /  18th March 2016

              As for Corbyn not being bitter. Jesus Wept. He’s voted against his own party more often than the Tories.

      • Pete Kane

         /  18th March 2016

        PG: “I have concerns that many people don’t see solid, sensible leadership in Little. Nor in James Shaw. Nor in Metiria Turei.”

        I think putting Andrew in with those two might be a bit tough Pete.

        In my opinion the Greens made a huge error of judgement in electing James Shaw over Kevin Haig. Frankly, Shaw doesn’t have leadership ability in any shape or form (including moral leadership), I’m afraid.

        http://www.inthehouse.co.nz/video/39798

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        • Nelly Smickers

           /  18th March 2016

          My husband said he wouldn’t be to sure about Kevin Haig’s ‘moral leadership’ either. Wayne seemed to think he was openly gay?

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          • Gezza

             /  18th March 2016

            Kevin is actively involved in the rainbow community and is a staunch opponent of discrimination based on gender and sexual orientation. His behind the scenes work on the marriage equality campaign contributed significantly to the passing of marriage equality legislation. Frankly, I would think Wayne’s tranny would be very disappointed in him, and I’m all for any community that wants to create more rainbows.

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            • Pete Kane

               /  18th March 2016

              His ‘rainbow’ politics aren’t mine it’s correct to say. I was thinking of his leadership at the West Coast DHB.

            • Nelly Smickers

               /  18th March 2016

              @Geez. LOL!!

              My hubby just popped home for lunch so I showd him your comment……

              Wayne said “And whats all this ‘rainbow’ crap about? At least I only ave it stuck in me ear” 😀

    • Kevin

       /  18th March 2016

      I did read the thread and it read like a version of “We shall over come”.

      Here’s the thing. No matter how much you wish otherwise the only way to get elected is to compromise and appeal to the majority, i.e. the centre. You don’t get elected by religiously sticking to your principles.

      And Little is a gorm. Get someone in with at least some charisma FFS.

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      • Gezza

         /  18th March 2016

        Helen had all the charisma of a gumboot before she got elected to power though. It’s not always an essential.

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        • Iceberg

           /  18th March 2016

          That particular gumboot could stick to a policy for more than two days.

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        • Pete Kane

           /  18th March 2016

          Bolger (in his own way) also seemed to increase in ‘gravitas’ once in the job.

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          • Sponge

             /  18th March 2016

            Ahh yes – the “Great Helmsman”.

            The pompous old prick.

            The utterly vile Clark had a form of charisma, very much like Muldoon, whereby she was absolutely repulsive but still managed to garner significant support.

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        • Kevin

           /  18th March 2016

          She still had a mountain more charisma then Shipley.

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  4. Pete Kane

     /  18th March 2016

    In fairness to Little, it would often seem, with friends like The Standard who needs ………………..

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  5. Pickled Possum

     /  18th March 2016

    “He may occasionally stumble, but he won’t fall. Andrew Little is closer to Bernie Sanders than some might like to think. Like Sanders, Andrew has been speaking truth to power all his adult life. Like Sanders, it’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the fight in the dog. And, like Sanders, Andrew wants to lead a country where fear does not haunt hundreds of thousands of Kiwis every day of their lives.
    An end to fear; lets have fairness instead.
    So, fear not. We can do this.
    We will do this.”

    Although not a labour voter Andrew Little reminds me of a NZ of long ago
    and altho not a lover of the site TRP has some valid points to ponder. IMO

    John Cale sings like he on something must be the genre which includes
    rock. avan-garde.art rock.experimental rock.drone. classical. proto punk.
    Velet underground
    “We’re already dead, just not yet in the ground” nice one TRP.

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    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  18th March 2016

      So long as Little spends his days tilting at windmills he will remain irrelevant to New Zealand’s future. Only a National complete melt-down offers Labour any glimmer of hope at present and no sign of that despite the Lefties’ desperation to find one.

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      • Kevin

         /  18th March 2016

        They live in the belief that the polls are all wrong and come election time they will romp in. If anyone challenges that belief they attack the person without mercy because subconsciously they know their belief is wrong but can’t handle the truth. Look at what happens to CV on The Standard every time he even merely suggests that the Labour party may be in trouble.

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      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  18th March 2016

        Even the Lefty journalist, Toby Manhire, is today comparing Little to a dog barking at every passing car. As I said the other day: no policy, no strategy and no hope.

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        • Kitty Catkin

           /  18th March 2016

          Even my daft dog* doesn’t do that, so that’s a very strong image when one thinks about it. Winston Peters barks at cars that are at a good safe distance and not in a position to run him over. Alas.

          * actually his mother’s pride and joy in most ways

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  6. spanish_tudor

     /  18th March 2016

    Meteria Turei is about as solid and sensible as a blancmange.

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    • Dougal

       /  18th March 2016

      That is a blatant disservice to blancmange! I would imagine a conversation with a blancmange would be far more stimulating. 🙂

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  7. Pantsdownbrown

     /  18th March 2016

    Is this the same ‘standard’ that thought Cunliffe was the 2nd coming of Norm Kirk?

    ….and isn’t Te Reo Putake the same hypocrite that called PG out for making ‘racist’ jokes but was happy for Labour to go on a Chinese-sounding name witch-hunt?

    The only ‘fear’ shown is within the authors desperate rantings in an effort to rally his flagging troops. National haven’t needed to fire any shots at Little as he is constantly shooting himself in the foot on a daily basis.

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  8. Kitty Catkin

     /  20th March 2016

    Fear can be a good thing; anyone who really is fearless is an idiot with no judgement. A fearless person would run across a motorway, a brave one would cross it in a way that meant that they wouldn’t be squashed, because the fear of being hit would make them wait for a break in the traffic. There’s nothing brave about me picking up a weta, I’m not afraid of them. My late husband wasn’t brave when he went to the dentist because he wasn’t afraid to do so. (!) Shakespeare said that the brave man is not he who feels no fear, and I have heard old soldiers saying much the same thing, only not quite so elegantly 🙂

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