What a week …
Andrew Little settled down into the job of being the leader of the Labour Party very well. His media interviews have been sharp and concise. He is confident yet respectful in his dealings with the media and I expect that coverage of him will continue to be positive.
His reorganisation of the Labour Caucus has to date started very promisingly. He clearly wants to move the Caucus away from bad habits. And suddenly there is a sense of confidence and optimism that has been lacking.
His performances in the house have been exceptionally good, way better than I thought he would be. His #cutthecrap moment is one of those moments which although brief can define a political career. And he is being well positioned as an alternative to Key. His no nonsense passion mixed with a personality that is not ego driven is a combination that I think will resonate well with ordinary New Zealanders once they tire of the Merchant Banker from a state house Crosby Textor creation that is the current Prime Minister.
Success in politics depends a great deal on luck and being in the right place at the right time. The past two months have shown that Andrew has an abundant supply of luck. He has gone from just making it into Parliament to Labour leader at a time when the Government is floundering and the opposition is starting to perform. And he could be the next Prime Minister. The next three years will be very interesting.
John Key’s week was as bad as Little’s was good. Clearly there is a lot more that has happened which if it becomes public will further embarrass National but it seems that third term rot has set in very early on.
It is as if an important cog in Key’s office has been removed. Suddenly Key seems very vulnerable and mistake prone.
Frank Macskasy has prepared a very helpful timeline on the past week’s events which can be described briefly in this way:
It appears the information may have leaked out because Slater told Josh Foreman about the texts. Slater has been on something of a jihad against Foreman ever since. If anyone should be blamed however it is Slater himself. And the question that has to be asked is did Slater intend the news of the Key texts to become public? After all giving this information to someone who describes himself as being “slightly left” was always going to be risky.
But you have to question why National has not inoculated Key from Slater. And you have to wonder what the next Slater inspired episode of chaos and mayhem will bring for National.