Politics of New Zealand

What 22.4% means for Labour

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Labour polled at 22.4% in the Fairfax poll yesterday.

This has some pretty major implications for Labour.

The biggest implication is they may lose all their list MPs, depending on how many electorates they win.

There could be an overhang as Labour wins more electorates than it deserves seats. So no more Parker, Ardern, Cosgrove, Moroney, Little or Street.    Read more »

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Colin Craig

Colin Craig

According to the latest poll Mr Craig has good reason to celebrate. I know Cam says better the Bad ( Winston ) than the Mad ( Colin ) but on an emotional level I prefer Mr Craig. Winston burnt his bridges with me when he lied about my favourite politician Judith Collins. I hope Colin ends up the King maker simply because I despise Winston.

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What does Vote Positive mean?

Serious political watchers have been wondering what the hell Labour’s Vote Positive slogan means.

It basically means nothing at all and does little to motivate voters to vote for them. It is very unconventional as a slogan.

Vote Positive could be put down to Labour being dead set useless and coming up with a seriously dud slogan. 

Vote Positive only makes sense if it is linked to a negative campaign like Dirty Politics. Then it goes from being a dud slogan to something that makes sense.  Read more »

Good to see some journalists know their job

Heather du Plessis-Allan has been fact checking the politicians…on both sides.

After the election debate she looked at the claims of both leaders.

John Key got the unemployment one wrong but then it also depends how you interpret the statistics.

What is interesting is the first one where David Cunliffe claims over a million hectares of our land has been approved for foreign sale under the National Government.

I like the diagram Heather drew showing how much land has actually been approved for foreign sale. It was one quarter of what he claimed.

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via TVNZ / Laila Harre

via TVNZ / Laila Harre

How low can Mr Dotcom’s hired party leader, Laila Harre go?

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Todays face of the day is Kelvin Davis.

The politician with no election signs

A K A the invisible man.

Where are all your signs Kelvin? Why do you have no signs? Who is ankle tapping your attempt to win for Labour?

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A plan so cunning you could put a feather on it and call it a Moa.

A plan so cunning you could put a feather on it and call it a Moa.

Thanks to Trevor Mallard the era of  reconstructing new life from recovered DNA is upon us. No longer is it in the realms of Science fiction to bring Dinosaurs back. He wants the Moa brought back but why stop there?

Think of the possibilities Trev.

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Gettin down with Laila

How is Laila viewed by the common folk?

We now know how Michele Hewitson sees her but what about Mr and Mrs Average?

I popped over to the Trademe message boards to find out and was surprised to find out how popular she was.

I have put my favourite comments in bold type.

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Robert Pattinson

Robert Pattinson

Robert Pattinson can’t remember not being famous

The 28-year-old actor said: “I had a bit of a struggle at first because my life really contracted and I couldn’t do a lot of the stuff I used to be able to do. But once I got through that a year or two ago I just accepted my life is something else and now I can’t really remember what it was like before, so it’s much easier to deal with.”

– BANG Showbiz

 

I don't remember

David Cunliffe

David Cunliffe just can’t remember.

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The clock is ticking after latest poll disaster

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The latest Fairfax/Ipsos poll is out and if you thought David Cunliffe’s position yesterday was precarious then today he may as well jump off the cliff rather than be pushed by his angry caucus.

Labour’s support has slumped to its lowest level since the 2011 election, with leader David Cunliffe battling for survival after it emerged he intervened in a residency application for Chinese businessman Donghua Liu.

In the latest Stuff.co.nz/Ipsos political poll, the party has dropped 6 percentage points to 23 per cent. National is soaring on 56 per cent, which would allow it to govern alone. Click here for full graphics.

Cunliffe has failed to stop his party’s slide in the poll since he took over as leader in September, and is now facing election humiliation. His support as preferred prime minister slipped to 11 per cent, down two points. Prime Minister John Key edged ahead, up three points to 51.4 per cent.

As he faced fire over the Liu allegations, Cunliffe insisted he retained the confidence of his caucus – but admitted he had broached the subject with senior colleagues.

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