Little had previously signalled King’s appointment as deputy was only an interim measure while he sized up potential candidates in his first 12 months in the job.
With Ardern’s star on the rise it was widely expected she would get the job because of her broad appeal in the Auckland electorate.
You need to poll well in Auckland to win Government. The top three MPs in Labour are all Wellington based MPs. They also make up four of the top six.
The irony is that Little has announced this on 21 October 2015 – the official Back to the Future Day.
Because when Back o The Future screened in 1985, Annette was already an MP. The film makers chose a date so far in the future they thought the world would be massively changed (and it has with the Internet). But Labour’s going to go into the 2017 election with a deputy leader who represents the past, not the future.
I can understand why. It is beyond dispute that Annette is their most capable MP. But it is hardly a vote of confidence in the rest of caucus, that Little doesn’t have anyone else up to it.