New Zealanders do not respect intelligence, they respect confidence. Cunliffe beat Key in the debates, but it didn’t matter because NZers don’t respect the debate, they respect the tone.
Our anti-intellecuatlism runs deeper than most with our reverse-egalitarianism. The chip on many NZers shoulders that someone is smarter than them breeds contempt not respect. A passionless people so laid back they burn books on their BBQ.
Why Andrew Little has a chance of beating Key is because he appeals to this muddle Nu Zilind cultural cringe far better than Goff, Shearer or Cunliffe ever could. Little’s ease within his own skin and the confidence of his bluntness resonates with Muddle Nu Zilind and he has managed in 6 days since his win to have built more political capital than the 3 previous leaders had managed in 6 years.
Little’s new line up is a clever mix of keeping the factions happy while pitching hard for middle NZ with voices who won’t spook them.
- Andrew Little, Leader of the Labour Party, Security and Intelligence
- Annette King, Deputy Leader, Health
- Grant Robertson, Finance
- Nanaia Mahuta, Māori Development
- Phil Twyford, Housing, Transport, Associate Auckland Issues
- Chris Hipkins, Senior Whip, Shadow Leader of the House, Education
- Carmel Sepuloni, Junior Whip, Social Development
- Kelvin Davis, Police, Corrections, Domestic and Sexual Violence, Associate Regional Development, Associate Education (Māori)
- Jacinda Ardern, Justice, Children, Small Business, Arts & Culture
- David Clark, Economic Development, Associate Finance, Associate Health
- Su’a William Sio, Pacific Island Affairs, Local Government, Associate Housing (South Auckland), Interfaith Dialogue
- Iain Lees-Galloway, Labour
- Megan Woods, Environment, Climate Change
- David Cunliffe, Regional Development, Tertiary Education, Innovation, Research & Development, Science & Technology, Associate Economic Development
- David Parker, Shadow Attorney General, Treaty Negotiations, Trade & Export Growth
- David Shearer, Foreign Affairs, Consumer Affairs
- Phil Goff, Defence, Veterans’ Affairs, Disarmament, Auckland Issues, Ethnic Affairs
Grant gets finance, not because he’s particularly good at Finance, but because Grant’s faction needs to be pacified while Parker is sulking. Nanaia and Carmel are rewarded and Little kicks Cunliffe a bit to keep the ABCs happy and with that factions leader, Annette King, promoted to Deputy, Nash won’t be starting any leadership bids before 2017.
Jacinda gets pushed down for not wanting Deputy and Kelvin gets all the space he needs to start criticising Maori for violence.
It’s the perfect mix of safe voices that are just dull enough to win over the middle ground. Well played by Andrew Little. Left wing activists have no where else to go, so they just have to lump it.