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Paid to Win – Simon Lusk’s Guide to Campaigning

Simon Lusk is one of the few full time campaigners in New Zealand who also wins. He is releasing a campaign book chapter by chapter on Amazon.

The first chapter is Start with a Good Candidate….a good chapter for the Labour party to start with.

Paid to Win: A Campaign Professional’s Guide to Winning New Zealand Campaigns

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Labour’s Tony Milne Problem

The Labour Party has a really big problem.

It keeps selecting candidates that cannot win, even in seats that they should win.

The best example of this is Tony Milne in Christchurch Central.

Milne did the hard yards over the years, made all the right connections and was very, very close to former MP Tim Barnett.

The problem is that to win you actually need to be electable.

Milne was never electable. Unfortunately for Tony he has absolutely no presence. He is a midget that wears massive dark framed glasses and walks into a room and nobody notices him.

Check out Tony’s campaign video.

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Dotcom’s worst investment yet

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$577 per vote.    And $4.5M for… nothing.

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Dimpost on the left’s slaughter

Danyl McLauchlan writes about the slaying of the left.

  • The National Party is an incredibly well resourced, well managed, professional political party and it turns out that these things counted for a lot last night.
  • The phone was not off the hook for Labour. Twelve months ago, just after Cunliffe won the leadership of his party Labour were on 37% with the Greens on 12%. There’s a cliche that oppositions don’t win elections, government’s lose them, but Labour lost this election. Cunliffe is probably the worst campaigner in New Zealand political history.
  • Based on the preliminary figures I think turnout will end up being slightly higher than last time but still very low. I was a strong advocate for a strategy of having left-wing parties try and improve their vote by targeting and mobilising younger voters, but it turns that that strategy is electoral suicide! Sorry guys!
  • So the lesson from last night’s right-wing landslide seems to be that older New Zealanders are very engaged with the political process and younger New Zealanders are not. That’s a shame but it’s a message politicians cannot ignore. No one’s going to waste time and energy chasing ‘the youth vote’ again for a very long time.

Youth don’t vote, ever. A few Nat MPs I know don’t bother chasing this vote, the effort required for the payoff means you are better off working elsewhere.

  • I think that the best way forward for Labour is for Cunliffe and ‘the old guard’ – Goff, Mallard and King – to resign. They’ve been at war for six years now and they’re tearing their party apart. I doubt this will happen though. The civil war will drag on for another parliamentary term. That party is dying.

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Did the left actually READ Dirty Politics?

They can’t have.  In it, it has lots of little bits of wisdom.  Rhonwyn Newson writes:

Is this the key passage in Dirty Politics Nicky Hager, Glenn Greenwald and Kim Dotcom should have given attention to before dropping their “bombshells” during the election campaign?

In Chapter One Hager quotes National Party strategist, Simon Lusk, on negative campaigning:

“There are a few basic propositions with negative campaigning that are worth knowing about. It lowers turnout, favours right more than left as the right continue to turn out, and drives away the independents. Voting then becomes more partisan.”

So, they accuse Key of being clean by working through ‘attack blogs’ and not getting any mud on him.  They think this is a good idea, and use an ‘attack author’.  But there is a huge difference.

This blog never pretends to be anything other than what it is.  People do not feel cheated or lied to by coming here.

Not so with Hager and his sycophants.  The claim of independence and balanced journalism was so absurd, nobody believed it from the start.  Had Hager been smart enough to add a few chapters on the left as well, he may have had more credibility.  Surely they had some old and dirty washing they would like to launder at the same time?     Read more »

Photo Of The Day

© JIM MARSHALL PHOTOGRAPHY, LLC. San Francisco, 1968.  1965 TYPE 356 C: The 356 was Porsche’s first production model and had a nearly two-decade run as both a closed coupe and a convertible. This particular car is from the model’s last year of production and features a decidedly non-factory paint scheme, created at the request of famed singer Janis Joplin, who bought the car used and had it customized by a roadie for her band, Big Brother and the Holding Company. Apparently her friends were not the only ones who all drove Porsches.

© JIM MARSHALL PHOTOGRAPHY, LLC. San Francisco, 1968.
1965 TYPE 356 C: The 356 was Porsche’s first production model and had a nearly two-decade run as both a closed coupe and a convertible. This particular car is from the model’s last year of production and features a decidedly non-factory paint scheme, created at the request of famed singer Janis Joplin, who bought the car used and had it customized by a roadie for her band, Big Brother and the Holding Company. Apparently her friends were not the only ones who all drove Porsches.

“On stage, I make love to 25,000 different people, then I go home alone.”

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David Cunliffe’s Chopper Read Pitch

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David Cunliffe had an absolute shocker last night.

If David Shearer had have remained leader and polled at the same level he was polling at before he was rolled Labour would have had between 8-10 more Mps and would be looking at forming a government.   Read more »

I wonder if the Herald is re-thinking their new hire Matt Nippert?

Fairfax published this article…read it and wonder what planet Matt Nippert is on and then realise that they pre-wrote it on an assumption that Hone Harawira was going to win.

Like Martyn Bradbury he was dead wrong.

I hope the NZ Herald enjoys their new hire for the Investigations department, seems he is as adept as David Fisher on taking dictation.

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