National’s Strategic Stupidity, Ctd

The latest poll shows National is the most popular party but it has no coalition partners and no route to government.

National would not have enough support to form a government with present support partners Act holding the same number of seats as they do now.And even if its other support partner, the Maori Party, kept its present three electorate seats, National’s 56 seats plus five for its support partners would still not be enough to form a government.

This was obvious to anyone with half a brain for years, yet Steven Joyce tanked any National involvement in changing the electoral system in the 2011 election.

National did nothing, preserving Steven Joyce’s 47% of the vote in 2011 and his power after the election but screwing National in the process. 

In the United Kingdom David Cameron came out strong against their version of MMP, AV, and the referendum was lost. Cameron now has a chance of winning power again because he took a stand on the electoral system that Steven Joyce refused to.

PARTY VOTE
National 43.7 (down 5.1)
Labour 37.7 (up 6.8)
Green 11.3 (up 0.8)
NZ First 4.4 (down 0.7)
Maori Party 0.8 (down 1)
Mana Party 0.7 (up 0.2)
Act 01. ((down 0.1)
United Future 0 (down 0.3)
Conservatives 1 (down 0.5)

PREFERRED PRIME MINISTER
John Key 55.8 (down 9.4)
David Cunliffe 16.8 (up 14.6)
Winston Peters 6.2 (down 0.2)
Russel Norman 3.7 (up 0.1)

SEATS IN THE HOUSE
National 56
Labour 48
Greens 14
Maori 3
Mana 1
Act 1
United Future 1
TOTAL 124
•Assumes that Mana, Maori Party, Act and United Future retain their electorate seats.


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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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