Little speaks the truth

October 30th, 2010 at 9:23 am by David Farrar

has interviewed Andrew Little. Quite amusing, as normal for Hewitson. One extract to highlight:

I’m not sure who (as in which hat he was wearing) he was being the day I saw him. He is, I think, practising for his campaign. I was initially surprised that he slagged off (he would not, of course, put it quite that way) another union: Actors’ Equity. I’d said that it had been a bad week for the unions, thus, to pinch a bit of union lingo, collectively lumping all unions in together. He said, “It’s been a shockingly bad couple of months for Actors’ Equity. It’s been a difficult week for unions … And I’m not going to defend the Actors’ Equity because the handling of it has been an absolute disaster.” Is it helpful of him to say that? “I’ve spoken to people in Actors’ Equity. They know my view.”

Andrew has spoken the truth, as no other unionist has been willing to do so – he is smart enough to know you do not defend the indefensible.

He has been what I call interfering and what he calls trying to help, behind the scenes. He spoke to John Barnett, and to Robyn Malcolm, whom he flatted with years ago when they were both at Victoria University.

Trying to help behind the scenes is what Helen Kelly should have restricted herself to doing, rather than calling Peter Jackson a spoilt brat. It is a pity Andrew is standing for Parliament – he could do more good arguably as the CTU President.

He has long been seen as not Left enough by some factions of the Left; as too friendly with big business. An indication of where he sits is that he is equally scathing about Fran O’Sullivan and Chris Trotter. In other words: he is firmly in the centre.

Andrew is not centrist, but he is not extreme – he is mainstream centre-left.

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13 Responses to “Little speaks the truth”

  1. m@tt (629 comments) says:

    It’s a pity John Key is not quite so honest.
    Instead he tries to blame Labour for the LOTR tax deals that were put in place by a National passed law which was subsequently changed to reduce tax breaks by Labour. So pretty much the opposite of what he says… how could he get it so wrong without setting out to be deliberately being misleading?

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  2. kaya (1,360 comments) says:

    DPF – “mainstream centre left”??

    Could you give me the full list of positions available on the political scale or is there a Government department that deals with it? :)

    Someone’s views should be either good or bad, right or wrong.

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  3. flipper (4,065 comments) says:

    M@tt ……
    Get over it.
    You may be right. You may be wrong. But the great unwashed (not the LP and TU organised letter writers who are preaching to themselves) believe JK and GB et al did a great job. Talk to people outside your LW activist circle and you find you are almost alone.

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  4. kiwi in america (2,453 comments) says:

    m@tt
    Your comments are a total red herring. Perhaps the prospect of one of NZ’s most senior and experienced trade unionists admitting that MEAA/AE caused the clusterfark and the CTU made it worse was not what a lefty whats to hear.

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  5. Guy Fawkes (702 comments) says:

    I wish that Little would just keep his nose out, shut up, and let Kelly and the rest of the Muchkins keep digging. I am just lovin it!

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  6. Gwilly (158 comments) says:

    Little making all the right noies for someone who wants to eventually be the Labour Party leader and possibly PM. Watch this guy – he is very dangerous.

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  7. reid (16,457 comments) says:

    “Andrew has spoken the truth, as no other unionist has been willing to do so”

    Well if Clare Curran is actually Viper then she has also said that both here and on RedAlert.

    I suspect most of the seniors would have no problem publicly admitting it were they pressed, which they should be, on Morning Report.

    Since we pay for it we should be able to make programming suggestions and that would be my first one. Every morning next week, have a senior union official on and grill them till they admit the CTU/MEAA is guilty of monstrous incompetence. And Geoff Robinson has to be the one to do it. If they don’t admit it, Geoff gets fired.

    “Watch this guy – he is very dangerous.”

    All politicians are very dangerous creatures Gwilly, what makes Little especially so?

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  8. side show bob (3,660 comments) says:

    Little maybe making all the right noises but the assorted tossers surrounding him make noises like rutting pigs lose in the turnip patch.

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  9. Gwilly (158 comments) says:

    @reid – Little is a unionist = parasite!

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  10. TripeWryter (716 comments) says:

    I was surprised about the inherited ‘English reserve’ bit. My memory of his father, Major W O Little, was of a man who was anything but — his letters to editors about Palestine and Israel were well-argued broadsides, thunderous affairs launched when it was still regarded as unseemly to think of Israel as anything but ‘brave’ and ‘little’.

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  11. ummmm (61 comments) says:

    DPF: “It is a pity Andrew is standing for Parliament – he could do more good arguably as the CTU President.”

    Judging by his effort on CloseUp I think Peter Conway would do a good job too, much better than Helen Kelly. He seemed quite reasonable.

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  12. jaba (2,142 comments) says:

    Little’s comments would put a serious dent in H Kelly’s dimple

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  13. JeffW (326 comments) says:

    DPF, it would seem to me that John Key is close to being “mainstream centre-left”. One problem in NZ is that we have no centre-right to compare positions with. The population and notably the MSM is very left compared with say the Democrats in the US. This is our downfall.

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