Nationalâ€™s Wairarapa candidate, Alastair Scott, has had to defend himself against accusations he doesnâ€™t live in his electorate so can’t vote for himself.
Mr Scott confirmed during a radio election programme featuring himself and Labour candidate Kieran McAnulty that he is enrolled in Wellington Central, his primary residence being in Kelburn where he lives in a rented home with his partner Robyn Noble-Campbell and three of the blended family’s six children.
So he will be casting his party vote for National and his electorate vote for Paul Foster-Bell, the National Party’s choice to try to unseat Labour’s Grant Robertson.
There is something to be said for creativity when it comes to election sign graffiti.
As my old mate in caucus, Scott Simpson, knows the best graffiti to your election signs is often that done by your own team.
I’m picking that Trevor Mallard has been consulting Scott Simpson and this is one of their collaborations.
It looks like Trevor Mallard is taking labour’s “Vote positive” campaign slogan literally and endorsing a party vote for National.
This from Facebook:
David Cunliffe is a big fan of bumper sticker slogans.
When he was elected leader by his union paymasters he exclaimed that Labour was no on a “war footing”, that they were going to “take the battle to National” and he even created a “war room” which now resembles the bunker of an under siege despot.
Today however he is challenging Rocky Balboa and describing the yet to be seen revival of labour’s electoral fortunes as a “fight back”.
Labour leader David Cunliffe says he is “not making light” of recent bad polls and insists his MPs are united behind him.
A string of polls has put Labour support in the mid-20s and Cunliffe said this afternoon’s caucus meeting, postponed to allow him to get back from delivering a speech in Nelson, would have some “earnest conversations about how we can do better”.
“I am sure that the caucus will be as determined as I am that we stick to our knitting and to our core messages about jobs, homes and families, and avoid distractions,” Cunliffe said.
He scoffed at suggestions that some in his caucus were “doing the numbers” on a leadership change.
“That’s nonsense, absolute nonsense. I am confident I have the full support of my caucus.”
Cunliffe insisted Labour could win the election, now less than two months away. The party was much larger, it had done more canvassing of voters and had better organisation to turn out the vote.
“Those advantages don’t show up until the polling [voting] opens,” he said.
David Cunliffe is on the back foot.
People know when someone is working hard…they don’t have time to explain how it is that they are working hard.
Labour’s frontbench MPs gathered in Auckland yesterday, knowing some of them could be out of a job in two months if the downward slide is not arrested.
Senior sources yesterday confirmed caucus discipline was a key focus of the meeting, after recent headlines overshadowed party policy.
My Labour sources tell me The Cunliffe spent a considerable amount of time ringing around possible suspects conducting a witch hunt for the person who squealed to Fairfax.
The Sunday Star-Times yesterday reported an unnamed Labour Party source criticising Cunliffe’s decision to take time off so close to the election, to go skiing with his family in Queenstown.
Cunliffe yesterday rejected the complaint. “I work long hours with every ounce of energy that I can ever muster, and I took a last break before the election for a few days with my family.
“I was sick for two days and I had a three-day holiday skiing with my children and that is it. They probably won’t see much of me now before the election.”
He said the break had not been raised with him by any of his MPs. “There’s a general recognition that I work bloody hard, for 18-hour days and more.”
Oh dry your eyes! What a sooky-pants…boohoo I was sick doesn’t cut it. This is the big game now…take a Codral and soldier on. Â If he hadn’t apologised for being a man I would have suspected it was “man flu”. Read more »
Another great job by Whaleoil Ground Crew research crew:
Another Labour policy fail!
Felix Marwick writes about various conspiracy theories the left-wing are using to convince themselves that David Cunliffe and Labour aren’t really tits.
Another conspiracy theory doing the rounds is that there’s a media conspiracy against David Cunliffe and the Labour Party. Namely a corporate media is at the National Party’s beck and call. I hate to disillusion the tinfoil hat wearers on this, but it too is a load of codswallop. The real truth is that six years of poor performance and slack discipline in party ranks results in a turnoff for voters.
If a party can’t manage itself, what faith can voters have that it can manage a country?
And, finally, on a related matter there’s another conspiracy theory that the polls are deliberately slanted against Labour because they don’t cover cellphone only households. Now while there may be some statistical arguments that could be had around what impact this might have, it can’t possibly account for the entire 20 + point gap between National and Labour.
Could the actual truth be; the voters they’re just not that into you?
I covered this earlier today, Duncan is on it too
Three Labour MPs have broken ranks in recent weeks â€“ quite loudly and very publicly.
They are interested in one thing: self-preservation. They want to win their seats and theyâ€™ve given up relying on their party. They are clearly concerned Labour will poll poorly on election night, so theyâ€™ve decided to run their own campaigns â€“ away from head office and away from the leader.
These MPs have either chosen not to be on the list or they have a low-list spot. They are vulnerable. Itâ€™s all or nothing for them.
They must win their seats to return to Parliament; this sort of pressure usually focuses an MPâ€™s mind.
They want to be back in Parliament and they want the $150k salary.
Iâ€™m talking about West Coast-Tasman MP, Damien Oâ€™Connor, Hutt South MP, Trevor Mallard and list MP and Te Tai Tokerau candidate, Kelvin Davis.
Take Davis: yesterday he engaged Labour in its biggest u-turn in years. He told me he supported the Puhoi-Wellsford road project that his party has openly mocked and criticised.
Labour MPs call it the holiday highway; David Cunliffe has campaigned against it. Labour, until yesterday, was going to can the project upon taking office. Who knows where they stand now!
Davis told me people in the north tell him they want the controversial project and so does he.
Jobs, transport, industry, tourism. Â Yeah, controversial indeed. Â If only Labour supported ‘radical’ ideas like that.
You have to give Trevor Mallard some credit…when he latches onto a cunning stunt he really gives it his all.
Last election he wasted 6 months training his heart out to beat a fat lazy blogger in race around the streets of East Auckland, in a sport that consumes his every waking moment in between stints at his part time job in parliament as an MP.
He lacked the courage to have a crack at a sport of my choosing…boxing or Sporting Clays…he took the easy win and then shut up.
This time his brilliant campaign strategy is to repeatedly and vociferously advocate for the resurrection of a long dead bird…and I’m not talking about his political career here…rather he wants to investigate in saving and extinct bird, the moa.
Trevor Mallard just can’t let go of his fascination with resurrecting the moa.
Yesterday Inglewood, a town long associated with the extinct flightless bird, came to the attention of the Labour MP.
He was in Taranaki yesterday to talk about sport and recreation, but was fascinated to learn Inglewood was briefly known as Moatown in the mid-1870s. Â Read more »