Thoughts on Labour

Yesterday I published my Whaleoil Radio Summer Series interview with Chris Trotter.

WOBH Summer Series Interviews – Chris Trotter

He is clearly one of, if the not the clearest thinking commentators from the left and although a badge carrying labour supporter isn’t so tribal that he can’t see fault in his own side.

I quizzed him on his thoughts about John Key and he came up with a well though out analysis of the man that Labour would do well to listen to. Unfortunately they seem to have deaf ears, even to the wise words of one of their own.

Labour seems intent on continuing on the tactic of smear, derision and muck-raking as a means to tear down John Key. It isn’t going so well for them according to the latest Roy Morgan Poll.

The latest New Zealand Roy Morgan Poll shows support for John Key’s National-led Government has risen to 59.5% (up 6%). Support for Prime Minister Key’s National Party is 55% (up 6.5%), the Maori Party 2.5% (unchanged), ACT NZ 1.5% (unchanged) with United Future 0.5% (down 0.5%). Support for Opposition Parties has fallen to 40.5% (down 6%) with Labour Party 29% (down 6%), Greens 7%, (unchanged), New Zealand First 4.5% (up 1.5%) and Progressive Party 0% (down 0.5%). If a National Election were held today the National Party would be returned to Government.

It is clear though that feral, tribal Labour still are clutching the memo that John Key is evil incarnate. We only need to witness the attack yesterday from Labour Electorate Chair and so-called mine expert Dave Feickart. It was as stupid as it was inept. Do these people not know what Google is? Or that other people feel free to let bloggers know the real motivation behind the attacks?  It is certainly something the media would do well to learn from too.

The point is silly attacks like that aren’t going anywhere and as Chris Trotter said they are:

“Com­pletely mis­taken, did not read the man at all well”

“One sus­pects that they despair of find­ing some other way through.”

Until Labour try something else then they will continue with the nasty personality politics and they will reap the negative rewards of doing so. I suspect though that Phil Goff might escape being rolled at the first caucus meeting of the year where MPs always start off the year voting for a leader. Perhaps that is the reason for Phil holding a BBQ next weekend, in a bid to shore up his flagging support. In the interim I think coup is still in the wings because tongues that are normally tight are now wagging freely.

If I was John Key and Labour did roll Goff then I would immediately call an election and use the implosion of the Maori party as an excuse. Labour would be scrambling to even get their branding and policy sorted in a quick fire 6 week campaign with a new leader still staunching the wounds of the coup. Labour, I think know this and this could be the single factor saving Phil Goff.

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