Clinging to Hope

So Labour is all cock-a-hoop after winning Christchurch East.

No surprises there really. You would think they would after holding the seat for nigh on 100 years.

Apparently now Labour is “buoyed” by the win.

Yeah like a drowning man clinging to a buoy. It is a false hope despite all the spin about increasing vote and National’s vote dropping.

By-elections are fickle beasts and one should never cling to the results as an indicator.  

Take Mana for instance. Hekia Parata ran Kris Fa’afoi very close in the by-election and National Hekia and her sponsor Bill English put it about that because of the by-election result that Hekia would win the general election in Mana. Well, Hapless Hekia didn’t and lost convincingly, losing not just the seat but plenty of mana on the way through, which is ironic given the name of the electorate.

Look further at the Botany by-election. Labour, Phil Goff and their ring-in candidate Michael Wood all claimed their loss as a victory because they ran close to Jami-lee Ross. Roll on the next election and Jami-lee Ross turned Botany into a fortress. Labour lost and Michael Wood skulked back into local body politics where he actually excels.

It is only a fool who claims anything from by-election victories or losses other than candidate A was elected by X amount. Claiming things that do not exist is a fool’s old and it looks like Labour is mining it hard out.


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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.

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