Andrew Little’s State of the Nation speech is up on The Standard:
- Some on the left are freaking out because he’s addressing a business audience. It’s true that Labour is never going to win over ‘business’, but median voters seem to want competent managers of the economy and its okay for Labour to signal to them that they’ll fill that role by making nice with business.
- Little’s actual speech is pretty clunky.
- His emphasis will be on growing small businesses
- So he probably should have talked about small businesses instead of Air New Zealand and Fonterra
- Labour will get rid of zero hour contracts
- He’s promising the lowest unemployment in the developed world.
- Inevitable content about housing affordability, inequality, manufacturing, possibly cut and pasted from near identical speeches given by Goff, Shearer and Cunliffe.
- I have nothing else to say about this speech. I give it a 5/10. Seems like a wasted opportunity.