The reason Little was the best candidate for Labour to move forward with was because he was the only one who could reach out beyond the current Labour Party electorate and appeal to middle NZ.
Little’s current stance on broadening the definition of worker to include everyone is a clever move that gives Labour a reason to tour the country and listen to that middle NZ who are intellectually intimidated by soy lattes. Little can push National lite policy that appeals to the middle while doing his shouty angry routine in Parliament to keep the activist base cheering.
It’s very smart tactics.
With Labour killing off MANA, and the Greens moving to the centre, Left voters have no other choices in front of them but to get on board regardless.
What Little and Labour need is some issue that galvanises middle NZ without angering the left base, they need a Countdown issue that shows strong Labour values while appealing to everyone. I think that issue, if the small business owner/contractor is the target, should be a strident criticism of IRD and their penalty rates on tax for small business. If Little can articulate a new relationship to that middle, his comfort in his own skin can appeal to their anti-intellectual shoulder chips while his blunt language stands in stark contrast to Key’s dead eyed duplicity.
In Little, Labour have finally found a leader who can beat Key.