Danyl McLauchlan writes about the slaying of theÂ left.
- The National Party is an incredibly well resourced, well managed, professional political party and it turns out that these things counted for aÂ lotÂ last night.
- The phone was not off the hook for Labour. Twelve months ago, just after Cunliffe won the leadership of his party LabourÂ were on 37% with the Greens on 12%. Thereâs a cliche that oppositions donât win elections, governmentâs 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 ofÂ having left-wing parties try and improve their vote by targeting and mobilising younger voters, but it turns that that strategy isÂ electoral suicide!Â Sorry guys!
- So the lesson from last nightâs right-wing landslide seems to be that older New Zealanders are very engaged with the political process and younger New Zealanders are not. Thatâs a shame but itâs a message politicians cannot ignore. No oneâs going to waste time and energy chasing âthe youth voteâ 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 âthe old guardâ â Goff, Mallard and King â to resign. Theyâve been at war for six years now and theyâre tearing their party apart. I doubt this will happen though. The civil war will drag on for another parliamentary term. That party is dying.