Grant Robertson is a loser, says precisely what a loser says

On Saturday I posted a list of things that losing candidates say. Number two on the list was:

“The only poll that matters is the poll on Election Day.” This doesn’t guarantee defeat in the upcoming election, but it means you are losing the race at the time and have no empirical evidence to the contrary. It’s up to the candidate to change the dynamic of the race.

Yesterday Grant Robertson announced his candidacy, promptly spammed the members and when asked about TVNZ Q+A poll that showed him well off the pace he replied: 

Mr Robertson this afternoon said he wasn’t concerned by those numbers.

“It’s early days and this is one of those occasions when you can say there’s only one poll that matters, it’s a poll of MPs members of the party and affiliated unions and that’s the poll I’m focused on.”

Oh dear, poor Grant, uttering the very thing losing candidates utter. Looks like the first elimination from #Laboursgottalent isn’t far off.


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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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