Lester’s ‘little people’ or ‘Little people’

Ex Labour Party member Phil Quin (and others) have highlighted a comment by Welington candidate Justin Lester.

What Justin Lester’s “Little People” Tells us About Modern Labour

I was listening to the Newstalk ZB mayoral candidates debate this morning, and one exchange stood out. When asked about the Living Wage, Labour’s candidate Justin Lester said he supported it because he wants to support “the little people”.

Excuse me?

Who on earth does he have in mind?

Moderator Tim Fookes asked him to clarify.

Cleaners and security staff, Lester explained.

So, cleaners and security guards, as long as you know you are the little people and people like Justin Lester are here to save you, you have nothing to worry about. What condescending, messianic bullshit. 

I could write 100,000 words on why Labour is failing — in fact, I probably have –– without getting close to encapsulating Labour’s problem as well as this off-the-cuff truth bomb from Justin Lester.

What is not clear from the audio is whether Lester meant ‘little people’ or ‘Little people’.

Lester: …yet the little people only earning fifteen dollars, they don’t deserve an income…

Fookes: Who are the little people if you want to describe that Justin?

Lester: Ah, we’re talking about the cleaners, they security staff, the people who have the hardest jobs in our council…

So “we’re talking about”the “little people”or the “Little people”