Rachel Morton reports on some special overseas election skulduggery
The Government is still waiting on the special votes to be counted and could be in for a boost, thanks to the Australian Liberal Party.
The Liberals sent an email to members before Saturday’s election: “If you do know a Kiwi, then it’s important to remind them to vote in this year’s election.
Without the party votes of National supporters living overseas, there is a real risk that Labour will cobble together a coalition government with the Greens and other minor parties.”
“In reality it’s a gesture of solidarity amongst centre-right parties around the world, if you like,” says Prime Minister Key.
The extent of the help is unknown until the 38,000 overseas votes are counted.
If that worked, that may be the end of Little Andy. Â Another union voice will be lost inside caucus, which can’t be good for David Cunliffe’s prospects. Â Â Read more »
Matthew BeveridgeÂ asked the question “How long before Labour and Green will poll the same?”
Colmar Brunton did some number crunching and released this graph
With the current trend line, that answer is: Â Labour and Green will be polling around 20% each in 6-8 years time. Â Read more »
That is what David Cunliffe has claimed.
Peter Cresswell at Not PC explains why this is a ridiculous statement from David Cunliffe.
“These are some of the most serious allegations Iâ€™ve seen,” said David Cunliffe this morning about allegations that bloggers Whale Oil and Cactus Kate wrote â€śattack blogsâ€ť at the behest of a paying client and a justice minister â€śgunning forâ€ť a minion.
This both overstates and understates the power of blogs â€“ and downplays some of the most serious scandals of recent years. (Is he blind? Did Mr Cunliffe not see Helen Clark buying an election with her taxpayer-funded pledge card, then retrospectively legislating to make it all legal?Â Or Don Brash dealing secretively with a small but well-funded religious cult?)
So a blogger wrote â€śattack blogsâ€ť about a bureaucrat.Â How hurtful. How harmful. Iâ€™m amazed the poor fellow wasnâ€™t hospitalised.Â Just imagine, being attacked by aÂ blogger! Â Â Read more »
Today David Cunliffe challenged me to release information obtained from Labour people. I am not sure if this is a good idea either for David or Labour.
The nature of a political blog is that when there are campaigns on people try pitching stories against their opponents. There have been a number of nasty campaigns going on inside Labour, and so I have received a lot of stories from different people in Labour.
There are some absolute crackers.
Like the ABC faction member who has briefed about the two mystery donors to his leadership campaign trust.
Or the identities of all the anonymous bloggers on the government payroll that blog for the Standard.
Or the DC faction briefing against a leadership opponents spouseâ€™s corruption problems.
Or the fly on the wall at Fraser House who gives details of the financial position of Labour.Â Read more »
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.