They're rooted

Labour are rooted, the bad news just keeps on coming in.

The latest Roy Morgan poll shows a drop in their support and a rise in the Greens. Labour slips under 30% and Russel Norman is looking far more the leader of the opposition than Phil Goff.

The latest New Zealand Roy Morgan Poll shows support for Prime Minister John Key’s National-led Government is at 57.5% (up 1.5%). Support for Key’s National Party is 53% (up 0.5%), the Maori Party 2% (unchanged), ACT NZ 2% (up 1%) and United Future 0.5% (unchanged).

Support for Opposition Parties is at 42.5% (down 1.5%) — Labour Party 28% (down 3%), Greens 10%, (up 2.5%), New Zealand First 3% (down 1.5%), Progressive Party 0.5% (unchanged) and Others 1% (up 0.5%).

If a National Election were held today the National Party would easily be returned to Government.

To add to their woes the biggest idea to come out of their election congress was to create a new army of bureaucrats to wag their fingers at children. I’;m left wondering if the first thing the new minsitry will have to do will be to investigate the allegation of sexual abuse of teenagers at Annette’s house.

The second biggest thing was for Phil Goff to announce that he was going to smack up the filthy farmers and use the extra tax grab to fund a R&D spend up.

Am I the only commenter that thinks it  bit incongruous that at the same time as one of their leading lights is highlighting that farmers are dirt poor that Labour is thinking that they are the ones who will cough up $800 million for Labour’s spending pledges?

Phil Goff tried to be hip and cool today by having a “chat” on Facebook. It was an epic fail with him answering only briefly a few patsy questions. Many questions went unanswered and even ignored. His foray into Twitter wasn’t much better. the chaos and mayhem that ensued wasn’t helpful and it probably isn’t the medium for an irrelevant politician to try and gain relevance.

To add to Labour’s social media ills Phil Goff’s vaunted congress speech, which was extensively promoted on Red Alert has had just 54 views in the two days since it was released. Moira Coatsworth’s speech has had just 13 views. Annette’s King’s big idea to meddle with children’s lives has had just 22 views.

To top all that off Labour have decided that their crippled party needs a crippled man to run a crippled campaign.

The mana of senior MP Trevor Mallard within the party has been frequently tested but it is as high now as it has ever been. He is the shadow leader of the House, the procedures guru, the driving force behind the Red Alert website and now the campaign manager.

One thing is for certain now, the election is going to be dirty and the pigs are going to enjoy it.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.