Summer holidays provide what many regard as a merciful break from day to day politics in the news.
That in turn provides an opportunity for an opposition leader who wants to get into the hearts and minds of voters to get noticed.
I came across a couple of news items in which Labour leader Andrew Little was quoted but neither was positive. In one he was petty and in the other he was prevaricating.
In the first he criticised Paula Rebstock’s New Year’s honour as political favouritism:
Ms Rebstock has been made a Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to the state. . .
He’s trying to make a political point and criticise the government and in doing so is making a slur on a woman who has years of work in and for the public service.
This was both petty and personal.
The second story repeated his assertion that Labour would defy the Trans pacific Partnership.
In the interview he is questioned about how he would do this and repeats what he’s said before about any government he leads picking and choosing which bits of the agreement it would keep.
That sounds definite but it is prevaricating because he knows that once an agreement is signed parties to it can’t decide which bits of it they will honour and which they won’t.
Kiwiblog’s poll of polls show National finished the year polling about 5% higher than it was three years ago and Labour is about 5% lower.
One reason for this is that National’s leader John Key is usually positive which trumps petty and prevaricating which is how Little often appears.