Confidence issue for Andrew Little

Audrey Young suggests that Labour’s treatment of Willie Jackson has become a confidence issue for leader Andrew Little

Rating the start to the political year, Bill English scores 8 out of 10; Andrew Little 2.

Little started higher, after his state of the nation speech, held jointly with the Greens.

He spruced himself up, and delivered a good speech at an event that went off flawlessly as a piece of political theatre to show a sense of cohesion on the centre-left.

But the rebellion over Willie Jackson has damaged Little and Labour in a way that won’t blow over in a week.

Little’s greatest accomplishment as leader – successfully instilling the need for party discipline – counted for nothing, and the chips weren’t even down.

The rebellion has three consequences: after all that hard work, Labour again looks like a party divided, Little looks like a leader who cannot lead his own party – which is all the more damaging when his attack line against English this year is that he is a prime minister but not a leader…

That was always going to be a risk attack line by Little.

Little and his advisers were shocked by the rebellion. They knew some people would be unhappy. But they expected it to be dealt with in private.

It shouldn’t have been a surprise there would be publicly expressed unhappiness, but MP Poto Williams triggering the furore shows that potentially the Labour caucus is a disaster waiting to happen without strong leadership, not the strong-arm leadership Little tried with his promotion of Jackson.

This has rocked confidence in Little’s ability to up his and Labour’s game this year.

31 Comments

  1. Alan Wilkinson

     /  February 12, 2017

    Labour already had the spending side covered. Now they have the taxing side sorted too.

    Labour = Tax and Spend, Here we Come.

    • Gezza

       /  February 12, 2017

      That’s it❓ That’s all the walk the dogs get ? Around the bleeding house twice ?
      My ducks get a longer workout than that 😡

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  February 12, 2017

        Come off it. Did the shopping. Drove out to the cabins (10km of windy road). Big dog got to run behind the car for about half a kilometre then they both walked down the track through the bush and big kauri to the possum trap and sniffed around while I rebaited it and then slogged back up the steep ridge track to the car. Lots of dog panting on the way home and now curled up after a couple of treats. All well.

        • Blazer

           /  February 12, 2017

          you must be quite worn out Al….running behind a …car!

          • Gezza

             /  February 12, 2017

            Mind not interrupting a personal convo please Blazer? 😳

            • Blazer

               /  February 12, 2017

              its never bothered you …before..heard of email,texting,skype,phonecalls?

            • Gezza

               /  February 12, 2017

            • NOEL

               /  February 12, 2017

              Hold it is this a site for threadjacking and personal conversations?
              Gee I thought it was about free speech for all.

            • Gezza

               /  February 12, 2017

              Understandable. A lot of people make that mistake. I often do, for example. Happens in the best of families. On the whole nobody minds. I certainly don’t. Newbies probably think I was being serious. Older hands know I never pass up an opportunity to interrupt for a piss-take. Some of the interuptees can go a bit rude though. Depends who it is. 👍

          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  February 12, 2017

            No running for me, B. I tried running with the old Malamut when he took off on a walking track once last year and that was a disaster. Tripped on a big stone and had a painful landing still hanging onto the lead. Not good.

        • Gezza

           /  February 12, 2017

          Fair enough. Good dog walk. 👍

          • Blazer

             /  February 12, 2017

            is that a…trout….or a….groper?

            • Gezza

               /  February 12, 2017

              Trout I reckon. Rainbow.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  February 12, 2017

              Plastic I reckon.

            • Gezza

               /  February 12, 2017

              You’re on the Scoreboard. Haven’t allocated a handicap score yet. Will accept suggestions from others. Scores current range 3 – 11. Sensible suggestions please. Blaze sometimes makes good points between ellipses & supplies credible links.

            • Ellipses in Absentia

               /  February 12, 2017

              Suggest you score the man only for correct grammatical use of the ellipsis. Nothing else he utters is worthy of merit

            • Blazer

               /  February 12, 2017

              well Iceberg….sometimes only the name….changes!

            • Gezza

               /  February 12, 2017

              @ EiA. It’s a number I’m looking for. Not guidance on points scores & deductions.

            • patupaiarehe

               /  February 12, 2017

              If Lurch gets a 6, IMHO Blazer should get at least the same…

  2. Gezza

     /  February 12, 2017

    Anyway, on the actual post topic – damaging, I agree, the Poto/Willie affair. Whole thing looks messy, especially if Jackson’s too low on the list. Andrew could be a distant memory by this time next year, like those other blokes before him, Shearer & whoever.

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  February 12, 2017

      Another stunned mullet appearance from Little. Aimed at Maori Party, hit own foot. Contact lenses were no help.

      If you want a mental chuckle, imagine a conversation between Little and Trump. Then imagine what Trump would say after he put the phone down.

    • Phil Quinn has nailed it:

      “If only I had known that broadening a church required merely climbing up the steeple to set the clock back 20 years, I could have saved a lot of ink and cognitive energy. Apparently, all New Zealand voters have been waiting for is for Labour to finally reinvent itself as The Alliance Historical Re-enactment Society. Is there anything Labour’s deviously brilliant internal polling can’t teach us?”

      http://www.philquin.com/blog/2017/2/11/what-ive-learned-from-willie

  3. lurcher1948

     /  February 12, 2017

    As Audrey Youngs opinions are worth no more than mine, i would give them both 5/10.Most people remember that national reduced police numbers so its only a return to what it should be and as for the gay conviction issue,most will think”who cares”

    • Gezza

       /  February 12, 2017

      It’s not likely to happen for many as not a Scoring Day but your handicap score has been reviewed & increased to 6.

  4. artcroft

     /  February 12, 2017

    I’ve long thought Labour need another female leader as that would keep the women’s faction loyal. But Aunty Annette never got the nod (or didn’t want the job). Ardern is way too light weight so they might have to wait on Deborah Russell, who is going to need at least a term to settle in.

    • Blazer

       /  February 12, 2017

      ‘….way too lightweight’….compared to ‘bubbles’ Bennett ,….you may even be…right.

  5. patupaiarehe

     /  February 12, 2017

    Mr Jackson’s appointment was always going to be controversial, given the high number of SJWs within the Labour ranks. One would have thought that they would be smart enough to have these arguments behind closed doors, but unfortunately for Labour, a true SJW just can’t help but go straight to social media, to vent their outrage. I used to listen to ‘Willy & JT’ quite regularly a few years back, when I was driving for a living. While I don’t agree with a lot of his opinions (especially regarding compulsory Te Reo), I think his heart is in the right place, and he is a good fit for what Labour, if they want to get back to where they used to be.

    • patupaiarehe

       /  February 12, 2017

      …what Labour NEED, if they want to…

      Oh, for an edit comment option… 😀

  6. I appreciate that McCarten and Little are endeavouring to bring some internal discipline into their very divided caucus. I’m not sure where they lie, but it’s evident caucus are not happy campers. So many would’ve been very peeved a the cosying up to the Greens, although numbers wise, they had no option. On that score, if the right of Labour have pragmatically accepted a smirking Turei calling the shots, then feminists, women, stalwarts and fathers of daughters abhor the Jackson parachute. What are they to do?