#Chanban was a circuit breaker…for the Greens

Labour has pinned its hopes for resurrection on two flagship policies. Both policies were touted as a circuit breaker and it looks like Labour was right, they have turned out to be a circuit breaker for the Greens.

This is the danger of sharing a platform to launch a policy like they did with NZ Power or shamelessly stealing a policy like they did with the ban on foreigners.

A political poll has failed to show the boost Labour was hoping for from its plan to prevent foreigners buying homes in New Zealand, although the policy does appear to have arrested the party’s fall.

Labour has held steady at 33 per cent in the latest One News Colmar Brunton poll, after dropping several points in the Herald-DigiPoll, 3News Reid Research, and Roy Morgan polls in the past few weeks. About three-quarters of the 1000 respondents were polled after Labour announced its new housing policy two Sundays ago. 

The Green Party was the big winner, lifting from 9 per cent to 14. After several weeks of debate and protest over the GCSB Bill, National fell to 46 per cent – down three points since the May poll.

Voters look at David Shearer and se someone who doesn’t really resonate, he is also delivering the policies that seem to come from the Greens and so former Labour supporting voters are gravitating to the Greens.

There is another problem now though. One which could cause a bit of a problem for David Shearer.

With Labour on 33% and the Greens getting close to 15% it is roughly a two thirds/one third split and that is likely to see the Greens push for a similar split in cabinet. David Shearer and Russel Norman are going to have to start nominating who is likely to be a minister and that is where voters will balk.

Labour cannot be happy with a static poll result, while Russel Norman’s power continues to grow.

By the time the next polls roll around the GCSB bill will be passed, people will have forgotten Labour’s policy launches and people’s perceived anger will have dissipated. The beltway issue of Andrea Vances emails won;t affect the government at all, most people think journalists are bottom-feeding scum and simply on;t care despite the outrage. The media will find it very difficult to keep cultivating that outrage without looking more petulant than they already do.


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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.

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