The Economist on the election, Ctd

The Economist has discovered National’s strategic stupidity:

Labour’s election campaign emphasises the likely pain ahead in a National Party second term. In September, two international ratings agencies downgraded New Zealand’s credit rating because of its high level of private-sector debt. Mr Key’s flippant response was widely criticised. A perception of a sluggish government reaction to the oil spill was also jumped upon by Labour.

On top of that, the prime minister’s coalition partners are in trouble, whereas a possible Labour partner, the Green Party, is enjoying increased support. An absolute majority for one party is unprecedented under the partly proportional electoral system New Zealand has used since 1996. So if Labour could cobble together a coalition, it could yet pull off a surprise. Like the All Blacks, Mr Key may find victory harder than expected.

It astounds me that National MPs and the Prime Minister remain silent on the referendum. If MMP is retained and Labour manages to cobble together a coalition of the disaffected then New Zealand and National will rue the day they quietly let the unions, Labour and Greens control the debate on the referendum.


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