Little’s game-plan is merely to define the problem and offer the bare bones of a solution. In his favour, few voters delve into the bureaucratic detail in policy packages and if he can ride out the media probing, they may put their trust in him.
With a post-election review underway, no great policy shifts are imminent. Little had his feet back under the desk last week, and his priority was scratching out his state of the nation speech. It is to be delivered in Auckland on January 28.
Usually a scene-setter, Little’s address will offer up more clues about the direction of his party than it will his thoughts on the country. For Labour, 2015 will be less about sticking it to National. Little’s goal is to re-define Labour and then win on its terms, rather than because the electorate grew tired of National.
What do you want/expect to see in Andrew Little’s state of the nation?