1. Christ, what a shellacking. Click around Harkanwal Singhâs Herald interactive. In electorate after electorate, polling place after polling place, National won at least a plurality of the votes. Even where voters collectively chose to return their Labour MPs to Parliament, they generally gave their party votes to National. Labour won the party vote inÂ only five general electorates. I donât think itâs viable for Cunliffe to stay on after this.
No it isn’t. Cunliffe must go and go now….he lost his own party vote in New Lynn FFS!
3. The election was not primarily about policy. Although it will understandably be regarded as a mandate for Nationalâs policies, I donât think this has been an election about policy, but about who the voters have seen as fit to govern. Where discrete policies have been tested in polls, the public has often-as-not favoured Labourâs over Nationalâs. They just didnât back Labour to enact them. Iâm very concerned now over what happens in education, where I think the degree of the mess National has already made (National Standards is objectively a shambles) is not widely appreciated.