David Cunliffe must go, lowest vote for Labour in 86 years

In 1928 Labour got 26.19% of the vote.

Only in 1919 (24.2%) and in 1922 (23.7%) did they score less that what David Cunliffe delivered up last night.

It is their third lowest score ever and David Cunliffe was the leader.

He thinks he can move onwards.

he believes he can use the Clark precedent of 1996 when she thought she’d won and would become NZ’s first woman Prime Minister.

David Cunliffe is wrong to use Clark as his precedent. In 1996 she won 28.19% of the vote…still higher than him.   

This election was Labour’s National’s 2002, and with the destruction of the Mana party and the Internet party it is unlikely to help Labour secure 2017 as their win.

The Greens will hoover up the hipsters and hard left.

Labour will destroy themselves in a leadership primary and if Cunliffe is returned again then expect to see the cause split in two. The centrists versus the hard left.

David Cunliffe has no mandate to maintain his leadership.

He must go.

We will see Robertson make a move no doubt, but any leader aspirant must come close to winning the party vote. Robertson delivered Labour third place in his electorate.

That is Labour’s problem.

They won the party vote in less than half a dozen seats. The won the party vote in only Dunedin North, Kelston, Mangere, Manukau East, Manurewa and the Maori seats.

Even David Cunliffe lost the party vote…in his own seat.

If the leader can’t win the party vote then he needs to go.


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