Ummm – beyond hating on Patrick Gower – isn’t the issue of Andrew Little’s late payment something else completely?
The way Paddy has spun the story, it’s a means of painting Little as a hypocrite for not paying a worker when Little stands for workers all the time, but that’s not really what the issue should actually be. I’m no apologist for Paddy, but hating on him for doing the story seems ill targeted, the issue surely is that Andrew Little was taking political strategic advice from a right wing columnist writing for the NBR, the most right wing Newspaper in NZ. David Cohen, who has also written for the Christian Science Monitor and the Jerusalem Report, is an extremely odd choice as political advisor to the Labour Party.
When you look at the direction Little is taking Labour as leader, perhaps it shouldn’t be a surprise though. Labour need to win the middle and while doing so could cost them the Left, that doesn’t seem to be much of a concern for Labour. Seeing the manner in which Labour worked with NZ First, Maori Party and John Key to oust Hone from Te Tai Tokerau, the activist Left seems to be a threat to Labour that they intend to kill off rather than work with.
We may well get a change of Government in 2017, but it doesn’t look likely that it will be a changed Government.