ed:…the only case i can make for little staying is by/from remembering the corbyn-experience..
there you had a labour leader roundly condemned/damned by all and sundry – and with the media chorusing along as one – with predictions of an election-outcome that would destroy the labour party..
but then the releasing of powerful/meaningful policy saw labour/corbyn have their best day at the ballot-box ever..so..
and here you have little condemned by all and sundry – and labour promising some ‘exciting’-policy between now and the election..
(tho’ a neoliberals’ ‘exciting’ is a democratic socialists’ mild-frisson..eh..?…)
so can little/corbyn-comparisons be valid..?
on the surface it would seem so – but not quite..
which brings us to the nub of the little-problem..he is an unreconstructed neoliberal..
and at a time when the people are screaming out for democratic-socialism – yet another neoliberal-incrementalist is the last thing we/labour need..
and this is where the comparisons with corbyn end – ‘cos corbyn is not now/has never been a neoliberal..
corbyn is/has been democratic socialist down to his bootstraps since forever..
and it is the recognition of this realisation that swings it against little…
let him go..let the fresh face of ardern rejuvenate labour in the publics’ eyes..
and then..(most important this) – labour then release some exciting/game-changing democratic-socialist polices – promising a better life/future..
and then it will be game-on..
and anyway – much of the thinking/punditing on this subject is firmly entrenched in first past the post thinking..
this is mmp – and what matters in the end is the numbers-total at the election..little or no little..
and for me the most exciting/interesting recent polling news – was national slipping into loss-territory..
and the progressive-parties reaching 52%..
update: little has now resigned..