Lessons from the 2011 Election

Lesson 1: Parties without good infrastructure do poorly on election day.

Labour had their worst result since they were a third party in the 1920’s, mainly because of Andrew Little and Phil Goff neglecting the party. Little raised not a cent from non union sources, and is probably Labour’s worst president ever. He left Moira Coatsworth with an impossible task. Goff needed to show leadership and build a strong, well funded party, but he never even tried. The height of Labour’s stupidity was winning almost 150,000 candidate votes than party votes.

ACT was a disaster from the moment Don Brash didn’t clean out all the troublemakers that were undermining him. He needed to build a strong infrastructure around him, even if it meant a bit more blood letting. He didn’t and as I said for many months before the election, ACT is doomed. Paying a $3000 a day Australian consultant plus a staffer to baby sit you in the green room after an election loss probably isn’t good use of ACT fundraisers money either.

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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.