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Polity: On tour with The Boss

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  • Russell Brown,

    Hi folks. This should have been Rob's first post under his own masthead, but I didn't quite get that together. (In my defence, I was busy writing about UN process and that shit is complicated.)

    It will of course contain the disclaimer you've all been sweating on. Although I think it's fairly clear from this post who Rob works for :-)

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22584 posts Report Reply

  • George Darroch,

    I've come around to Little somewhat. I have to confess that his background as a union leader gave me pause; my experience is that those from the union movement are usually good people but often see the world as an series of labour relations, rather than a collection of people with diverse needs and interests.

    He's gone beyond that. Putting in serious work to demonstrate readiness to lead, and strong ownership of economic issues are crucial. The Greens are on the sidelines in all of these areas.

    I still think that Labour (ie, Rob and the team) need to work on his 'approachability' and 'likeability', and put their best media performers out there to reinforce this work. But that's separate, and certainly not sufficient.

    WLG • Since Nov 2006 • 2264 posts Report Reply

  • Matthew Hooton,

    And, next week, Public Address will bring you Sia Aston on John Key, followed by Andrew Campbell on James Shaw.

    Auckland • Since Aug 2007 • 192 posts Report Reply

  • George Darroch, in reply to Matthew Hooton,

    And you can write about the PR business.

    I'd be rather interested to hear from either of those two about their experience on the inside.

    WLG • Since Nov 2006 • 2264 posts Report Reply

  • Alan Perrott,

    ha, didn't read the blurb and thought it was about Springsteen. still not sure why I opened it (yes I do, procrastination), I don't like his music. anyway, as you were...

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 438 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Matthew Hooton,

    Sia Aston on John Key

    you're thinking of the Herald

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19573 posts Report Reply

  • Rob Salmond,

    @Matthew: I wonder if there's anywhere people could read, say, David Farrar on John Key. Any recommendations?

    Wellington • Since Jun 2015 • 102 posts Report Reply

  • Matthew Hooton, in reply to Rob Salmond,

    Yeah I know one place Rob, but I never have read anything on Kiwiblog as obsequious about a National Party leader as this.

    Auckland • Since Aug 2007 • 192 posts Report Reply

  • Graeme Edgeler, in reply to George Darroch,

    I'd be rather interested to hear from either of those two about their experience on the inside.

    Well, except you're not going to hear of their experience. If Sia or Andrew (or Rob) had, for example, experienced their leadership calling a waiter a c***, there's no way it would appear in a post about their experience on the inside, while they're still inside.

    Wellington, New Zealand • Since Nov 2006 • 3198 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    Duncan Garner interview with Andrew Little about Labour’s position on TPP mentions some of those meetings.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19573 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso, in reply to Matthew Hooton,

    And, next week, Public Address will bring you Sia Aston on John Key, followed by Andrew Campbell on James Shaw.

    Why should it?

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

    Can someone ask Andrew Little not to mention ' new world order' in the media, not even jokingly - it's too much of a 'gimme' soundbite for someone to use.... the time is all wrong to get away with that.

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7776 posts Report Reply

  • bob daktari,

    Fascinating that the leaders get some training pre potential election outcomes...

    Rob or someone else in the town...
    Would all of the labour leaders have had similar tips?
    Do the other parties make use of the funds to do likewise?
    Is it all foreign policy and economics or are cultural issues taken into account as well?
    Will Mr Little go to other nations to do likewise?

    ta

    auckland • Since Dec 2006 • 537 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Alan Perrott,

    ha, didn’t read the blurb and thought it was about Springsteen.

    How you like my clickbait game now?

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22584 posts Report Reply

  • Alan Perrott, in reply to Russell Brown,

    bah. and I'm still not doing what I should be - bored bloke sits down to write a yarn; you won't believe what happens next (oh yes you will).

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 438 posts Report Reply

  • Rob Salmond,

    @bob: Yep, Leaders of the Opposition have had this fund for a while. It can be used for preparation-to-be-PM across any policy area, not just foreign policy and economics. It's only available to the leader of the largest opposition party, although there may be other facilities I'm unaware of for leaders of other parties.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2015 • 102 posts Report Reply

  • bob daktari, in reply to Rob Salmond,

    thanks Rob

    auckland • Since Dec 2006 • 537 posts Report Reply

  • Matthew Hooton, in reply to giovanni tiso,

    It's a joke Gio. Perhaps not a brilliant one. But it makes use of analogy.

    Auckland • Since Aug 2007 • 192 posts Report Reply

  • Graeme Edgeler, in reply to Rob Salmond,

    Leaders of the Opposition have had this fund for a while. It can be used for preparation-to-be-PM across any policy area, not just foreign policy and economics. It's only available to the leader of the largest opposition party, although there may be other facilities I'm unaware of for leaders of other parties.

    Overseas travel by other non-Ministers can be met out of a party's general funding allocation (ie the money used to fund staff, pledge cards etc.) if approved by the Speaker.

    The special Leader of Opposition overseas travel fund is up to $150000.

    Wellington, New Zealand • Since Nov 2006 • 3198 posts Report Reply

  • andin,

    (I’d be interested to see whether John Key’s engage much with offshore union movements on his economic missions …

    Only when Matthew Hooton is riding shotgun..... haha Yes MH a joke!

    raglan • Since Mar 2007 • 1746 posts Report Reply

  • Tinakori,

    Yep, I thought it was Springsteen too. Actual post unintentionally amusing. Rob has to be careful he doesn't become the Obadiah Slope of the Labour Party.

    Wellington • Since Jul 2013 • 118 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie, in reply to Matthew Hooton,

    I never have read anything on Kiwiblog as obsequious about a National Party leader as this.

    So when did you start reading Kiwiblog? Whatever Salmond's shortcomings, he managed to refrain from this kind of faux-celeb gushery.

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 4590 posts Report Reply

  • llew40,

    Sorry, I vote Labour, but I don't think anyone should be too surprised that there are people taking the Mick out of the breathlessness and earnestness of this prose.

    Since Nov 2012 • 140 posts Report Reply

  • Rich of Observationz, in reply to Graeme Edgeler,

    I'd be fairly amused by a retrospective "my election campaign with Kim Dotcom" series. Any takers?

    Back in Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 5550 posts Report Reply

  • Rich of Observationz, in reply to Joe Wylie,

    What, Hooton read Kiwibog? Does the CEO of Maccas actually eat the burgers? Or El Chapo smoke crack?

    Back in Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 5550 posts Report Reply

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