Andrew Little has his work cut out when it comes to winning his mum’s vote on Saturday.
By day Mr Little battles to win New Zealand’s most marginal seat off MP Jonathan Young; by night he lives under the same roof as his mother, Cicely, a National Party member of 30 years.
When Mr Little announced he would contest New Plymouth’s seat as the Labour Party candidate, Mrs Little said she wrote a letter to Mr Young saying her political beliefs would fall on neutral ground this election.
But with only four days until New Zealanders head to the polling booths, Mrs Little said she still hasn’t decided whether she will vote.
“What am I to do? Obviously my loyalties lie with my son but my husband and I were always National Party supporters,” she said.
This advice is for Mrs and Little only, but I reckon blood is thicker than water, and they should vote for Andrew. Everyone else should vote for Jonathan though!
He and his four siblings were never pressured by their parents to support the National Party, he said.
Mr Little’s parents had always been fully supportive of his achievements and political stance.
“Both my parents always expressed pride and support in my life and the direction I’ve taken.”
This is why I actually blogged on this story. I think this reflects on what excellent parents the Littles were and are. It is in stark contrast to the highlighting yesterday of the seven year old girl who had been so indoctrinated she was drawing pictures imploring John Key not to sell off her fish, treasures and toys.
I have strong political views, but if I ever have children I would make sure I always explain both sides of a political issue to them, as the critical thing is for them to develop skills of reasoning for themselves. And if they grow up voting Greens or Labour, I’d be absolutely fine with that. Thankfully NZ First will (statistically) be long dead, by the time any future kids of mine vote, so I don’t have to consider that nightmare scenario 🙂