Workers flip the bird

Fairfax is showing some interesting results about Phil Goff’s so-called “game changer” super policy:

A Fairfax Media-Research International snap poll, conducted the day after the policies were announced, suggests the pension age pledge is a turnoff for some voters.

Asked if the pension age promise would make them more or less likely to vote for Labour, 18.5 per cent said more and 30.1 per cent said less.

The policy made a big difference to only 5.4 per cent of people who said they were much more likely to back Labour after the announcement.

A near majority, 47.5 per cent, said the policy made no difference to how they felt about Labour.

The reaction to compulsory KiwiSaver was almost neutral, with 28 per cent more likely and 30 per cent less likely to support Labour over the policy. Just over 38 per cent said it made no difference to their view.

I was talking to a hardcore unionist yesterday afternoon and he was telling me that the word on the ground is that Labour can “go f*ck themselves” after the release of their retirement policies. Pithy arguments about working for longer and saving more aren;t resonating on the shop floor.

These comments were telling, I now think that Labour’s support will collapse in the coming week. That will be for a couple fo reasons…people don;t like being associated with losers, and Labour’s messaging is totally missing it’s target.


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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. 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 who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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

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