Red Claire speaks the truth about Labour

Red Claire is having kittens and resigning herself to 3 more years of a National government.

The Kermadecs stoush overshadowed what was otherwise a very good week for National.

It was having a reprieve from the relentless headlines about housing, it unveiled big moves in core bread and butter areas this week: family violence, Auckland transport, a housing development in Northcote.

Then came the release of figures showing 3.6 per cent growth in GDP over the past year.  

National’s car may have blown its head gasket on occasion, it may well be battered and need more than a bit of tyre blacking and ‘new car’ scented spray spritzed about.

But a Colmar Brunton poll this week showed voters may well not yet be ready to trade it in for Labour.

Labour leader Andrew Little was quick to cry the poll was “bogus” and countered with Labour’s own poll which had a much more generous outlook for Labour.

Whoever’s poll is right, the One News poll does highlight two stark problems for Labour.

The very same poll showed an increase in concern about housing and imigration – the issues Labour claimed it was gaining votes from. The poll showed Labour was not capitalising from that.

The second problem was NZ First and the Greens were both safely above 10 per cent. That would mean Labour’s coalition partners combined were almost the same size as the Labour Party itself.

To swap analogies (why not?) from used cars to the familiar tail wagging the dog one, under MMP voters tend to like their dogs to have as tiny a tail as possible to ensure stable government.

National has three support partners but they are so small they are more like fleas in the general area of a tail.

As things stand, the Labour dog will need both NZ First and the Greens as tails. If Labour polls less than the mid 30s, that is akin to two German Shepherd tails thrashing in opposite directions on the rear end of a pug.

Physics dictates that would not end well for the pug. And as Scotty would say, ‘ye cannae change the law of physics.”

Labour have forgotten their roots, lost their moral compass and their talent pool is as shallow as a car park puddle in high summer.

They are showing their age, dodgy hips and knees, political dementia, and a few minor strokes. One big stroke will finish them off and I fear that is coming.

Right now they couldn’t organise a fuck in a brothel.


– NZ Herald

  • Aucky

    Labour is taking an interesting tack on the outstanding GDP results. Robbo is still persisting with his strange per capita formula that Blinglish beats him with around the ears on a daily basis at QT. The new tack is ‘Aha, we have these outstanding results but the proceeds are all going to JK’s rich mates while the poverty-stricken and the homeless are left out in the cold.’ Twyford, Robbo and Metiria are all beating that drum. Just wait for Andy to get back.

    • Brian Dingwall

      That it comes as a real surprise to Labour that those who dont participate in the exchange economy don’t benefit from its growth simply highlights their lack of understanding of the facts of economic life. Put them in charge of the economy? You gotta be kidding…

    • Dan

      So what they are saying is that GDP (representing the total dollar value of all goods and services DOMESTICALLY produced over a specific time) represents only the goods and services provided byJK’s rich mates. So there must be a lot of rich mates making stuff and servicing stuff right?

      More stuff made and serviced needs more people. Surely there are some of those who are not JLKs rich mates. Surely at least one?

  • sandalwood789

    “One big stroke will finish them off and I fear that is coming.”

    I hope so, and the sooner the better. Hopefully it will involve their actual, full and final bankruptcy (instead of just being close to it).

  • Wayne Peter McIndoe

    Housing and immigration are certainly areas in which voters are concerned about, but unless they perceive Labour to be offering real solutions to those areas and a viable alternative, then the voters are going to stick with the status quo no matter how poor that status quo might be. Quite simply voters do not see Labour’s policies as offering either a short term or long term fix to those issues, for many voters (not all), there is the old saying “better the devil you know than the devil you don’t know”

  • cows4me

    One less political party, especially Labour, would be no great loss for New Zealand. Presumably the Melons would gain a percentage of hard left loons that couldn’t bare the thought of going right, Winnie first would gain some, probably older voters, in desperation and National might gain a few percent. The real benefit of Labour’s demise could be a stronger National party and the end of the crap that MMP has brought down on us or the end of doing nothing because of political gridlock.

  • BigNose

    I agree, but no need for the last sentence.

    • duve

      It shows the Mods have different rules for the boss.