Mrs Little

November 23rd, 2011 at 10:00 am by David Farrar

There’s a nice story on Stuff about the dilemma facing ’s mother as she has been a National Party member for 30 years:

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 ’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 :-)

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33 Responses to “Mrs Little”

  1. KiwiGreg (3,176 comments) says:

    He lives with his parents? WTF? How old is he?

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  2. ephemera (563 comments) says:

    I would make sure I always explain both sides of a political issue to them.

    …Or, just sit them in front of Fox News.

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  3. Doug (405 comments) says:

    KiwiGreg

    He lives with his parents? WTF? How old is he?
    In keeping with Labour’s philosophy, use other people’s money never your own.

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  4. Manolo (13,367 comments) says:

    Is “Three Hats” Little Italian? Surely, if he lives at home he must have changed his original surname (Piccolo).

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  5. slightlyrighty (2,496 comments) says:

    Actually, Mrs Little is to be commended for not indoctrinating their offspring to vote as the parents see fit and respecting their kids enough to let them vote as they see fit.

    That respect goes both ways though

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  6. Murray (8,838 comments) says:

    If blood is thicker than water Andrew should be a national supporter shouldn’t he David?

    There is nothing that superceeds ones right to political freedom. She should vote as she chooses without fear or favor. Otherwise we are looking at developing our own clan/tribal system all over again. I recall thats been known to get messy.

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  7. gazzmaniac (2,317 comments) says:

    The great thing about MMP is that you can vote for a local member from the Labour party while still voting for a National government.
    I think she should split her vote!

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  8. James Stephenson (2,029 comments) says:

    He lives with his parents? WTF? How old is he?

    IIRC, he’s staying with her for the duration of the campaign, not being committed enough to NP to actually move from Wellington and making it easy to contest for Annette King’s seat when she calls it a day.

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  9. davidp (3,540 comments) says:

    Since she lives in New Plymouth, Mrs Little probably doesn’t get to see her son very often. He’ll arrive for a quick visit, shake some hands at the local shopping center, then dissapear back to Wellington without stopping by for even a meal with his parents. Like most mums, Mrs Little probably wants to see more of her family and realises the only chance of Andrew showing some commitment to New Plymouth is if he wins the seat and she’ll vote for him on that basis. The alternative is that she visits him in Rongotai from next year onward.

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  10. travellerev (149 comments) says:

    Well she may want to read this before she votes: http://aotearoaawiderperspective.wordpress.com/2011/11/23/is-john-key-heading-for-a-position-with-goldman-sachs/

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  11. Robinson 666 (115 comments) says:

    Don’t worry mate, you wont be having any children! Lol

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  12. tvb (4,205 comments) says:

    nzf will not be dead. If it becomes the political wing of grey power they have a big future.

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  13. Elaycee (4,301 comments) says:

    trivialrev – more left spin from the recently arrived stalk. But you forgot to insinuate that Key was also on the grassy knoll. Hah!

    Scroll wheel activate – Tick.

    Raise glass to reflect on how pissed off he will be on Saturday night – Tick.

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  14. RRM (9,453 comments) says:

    Robinson 666 – hmmm, pretty sure you were on the permanent ban list for being a sack of shit? I see not much has changed…

    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.

    Well said DPF, it’s not hard. Some of us lefties are not career beneficiaries and we do the same – when we are’nt eating our babies that is ;-)

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  15. projectman (204 comments) says:

    travellerev (@ 11:00 a.m.

    Have you forgotten to take your medication? I see signs of delusion appearing.

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  16. Manolo (13,367 comments) says:

    Have you forgotten to take your medication? I see signs of delusion appearing.

    Delusion has been a trademark of this Dutch woman for donkey years: lunar landings are hoax, 9/11 an inside job from Bush & co, Jewish bankers own the world, and so on.

    Tin-foil hat firmly placed around an empty cranium.

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  17. travellerev (149 comments) says:

    Elaycee,

    It’s she actually and I won’t be pissed of because if the Kiwi’s are stupid enough to vote a Bankers stooge in after he has told them he was going to sell all their assets they deserve everything they are going to get.

    I will be sitting on my deck overlooking my part of this beautiful country with a shot of home distilled whiskey thanking the gods for the wisdom of both myself and my Kiwi husband in having invested in a still, mountains of seed and a piece of land so we can grow our own for as long as we have to.

    By the way here is one of my favourite radio hosts. A gun loving American red neck whom you agree with me isn’t exactly the most lefty dud out there. Meet Alex Jones: http://www.prisonplanet.com/

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

    “And if they grow up voting greens or labour I would be absolutely fine with that”, you should go on the Tui website and submit that one, might win a prize.

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  19. Elaycee (4,301 comments) says:

    @trivialrev: No surprises that you’ve outed yourself as a dopehead who drinks their own moonshine. I suspected as much from your rants -isn’t it funny how first impressions about someone are usually correct?

    So no surprises that you’ve linked to some moron who is aligned with your own tin foil hat theories on global finance. Do you know Penny by chance? Haha – thought so…

    Fear not trivialrev – I’ll have a nice glass of something a little more appropriate on Saturday night and toast the outcome of the election. Because I don’t care if you lick windows, interfere with farm animals or occasionally shit yourself. You hang in there cupcake, because I know you need help and I’ll make sure your details get passed to Paula Bennett’s team at WINZ, ‘cos you’re my mate!
    :P

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  20. Short Shriveled and Slightly to the Left (762 comments) says:

    “Don’t worry mate, you wont be having any children! Lol”
    Dude! What the fuck!
    Just to prove you wrong DPF should have a child with your missus…. watch out now

    [DPF: Nah she has had her tubes tied, so we can fuck without me getting her pregnant]

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  21. travellerev (149 comments) says:

    Excuse me? Dopehead? Because I exercise my legal right in this country to distil my own? ROFL

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  22. Murray (8,838 comments) says:

    Yeah thanks DPF we know what getting tubes tied means without the additional mental picture.

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  23. Elaycee (4,301 comments) says:

    @trivialrev: You wrote: ” having invested in…. mountains of seed and a piece of land so we can grow our own for as long as we have to…..”

    So were we supposed to think you were referring to peas, beans and broccoli? What a complete sock puppet.

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  24. Phil (125 comments) says:

    Welcome back, travellerev.

    How’d the whole “the world is coming to an end and I’m going to live in a bunker” thing go?

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  25. travellerev (149 comments) says:

    Yes Elaysee: I was referring to veggies and chickens etc. My occasional shot is more then enough for me. We have a saying in Holland. “Zo als de waard is vertrouwd hij zijn gasten”. This translates as “As the publican is he will trust his customers.”

    Or your assumptions say more about you then me.

    I don’t live in a bunker and the world will go on. Just millions of people are going to die ‘s all. New Zealand is probably not a bad place to be as Europe and the US collapse

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  26. Elaycee (4,301 comments) says:

    @trivialrev – Newsflash: Chickens don’t come from seeds and ….. oh, never mind. It’d take to long to explain… But keep taking the pills – OK?

    Between yourself and Penny, I think you have a dose of bad news (for you) heading your way on Saturday night. Better brew up an extra batch so you can drown your sorrows. :)

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  27. Manolo (13,367 comments) says:

    Was your sorrows really necessary? :D

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  28. Elaycee (4,301 comments) says:

    Unkind, Manolo. But I like it! :P

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  29. travellerev (149 comments) says:

    E,

    As I said if you guys are stupid enough to vote for Shonkey your going to ge screwed from behind and you deserve all you’re going to get. I’ll save you a shot for when you wake up to your rape!

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  30. PaulL (5,873 comments) says:

    I’m always amused at people assuming that NZ First’s voter base is dying out.

    If you assume that the people currently over 65 are the only ones who’ll ever vote NZ First, then clearly as they die his voter base also dies. But if you assume that anyone over 65 is potentially going to vote NZ First, then the proportion of the population over 65 is growing every year. So in fact he has a growing voter base.

    Bottom line – is it only those people who remember Winston Peters as that “nice National politician” who vote for him, or is it just anyone over 65 who might get a gold card. If the latter, we should be much more worried.

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  31. Richard29 (377 comments) says:

    “so I don’t have to consider that nightmare scenario”

    Winston is not necessarily the only nightmare scenario – Fast Forward 19 years:

    Child: “Daddy – I was a bit unsure whether to vote left or right – so I’ve decided to split the difference and give my electorate vote to Colin Craig and my party vote to Mana”

    DPF: Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaarggggggggghhhhh……

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  32. Elaycee (4,301 comments) says:

    trivialrev – yeah, yeah – whatever. You’ve tried to make the same point 37 times already. Without success. And without any prospect of success either. Ever.

    And don’t worry about ‘saving a shot’ for me – unlike lefties, I can look after myself / my family. And I also prefer a drop that you won’t get from a home brew.

    Have a great day Sunday!

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  33. 3-coil (1,200 comments) says:

    Buried in the Stuff article is this gem of a quote from Mrs Little: “He’s very busy and just sort of dashes in, eats something, goes to his room and plays on his computer.”

    The mind boggles – is Andrew checking out those links that Shane Jones sent him, adopting one of his alias identities over at The Standard, writing Letters to the Editor saying how great Andrew Little is…

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