When skimming John Armstrong and Fran O’Sullivan’s pieces this morning, I truly wondered if I had woken up to a parallel universe.
Apparently, Labour are doing just fine. Just needs a few small adjustments.
The National Party might have fooled itself into thinking otherwise, but for all intents and purposes it was done like a dog’s dinner by Labour this week.
National’s response to Labour’s exploitation of explosive sales figures leaked by a subsequently sacked employee of real estate firm Barfoot & Thompson ran the full gamut from the pathetic to the non-existent.
Much of that was down to National trying to defy gravity. The figures simply confirmed what everyone had assumed – that prime Auckland real estate was being soaked up by offshore Chinese nationals who, at the same time, were forcing up prices across the whole market, particularly so-called “affordable housing” – the segment of the market where the politics are the most sensitive.
National found itself in a highly unenviable, if not impossible position.
It could either try to pooh-pooh Labour’s analysis of the figures, in which case it would be accused of denying the obvious.
As far as I’ve seen, the National Party sat back and couldn’t get up from laughing so hard. All the blow-back has come from the LEFT and the media, apart from Labour’s stooges at A Newspaper, obviously. But it gets better. Here’s Fran O’ detailing how Labour must not give up, and lays out a free strategy (or is the invoice in the mail?) for Labour to have a second go at what John Armstrong will clearly see as a second victory: Read more »