Good call by Shearer, let’s see the numbers

David Shearer has made a good call, for Labour and David Cunliffe to release the internal polling numbers to caucus so they can see what the truth of the campaign looks like.

The party leader, David Cunliffe, meets the Labour caucus at Parliament today, three days after delivering the party’s worst election result for 90 years in which Labour pulled in just 24.7 percent of the party vote.

Mr Cunliffe said he would he will ask the caucus to trigger a leadership primary as he wants to refresh his mandate.

David Shearer told Radio New Zealand’s Morning Report programme a leadership race now would be a distraction and a forensic analysis of the election campaign was needed first.

“We need to know behind the scenes what our polling suggested, where our vote went,” Mr Shearer said. An independent review should be carried out by someone independent and not active in the party at present.   

“What you don’t want to do is to go moving down a direction of jumping into a leadership contest without analysing first what went wrong, what happened, and then giving both the caucus and the membership the a chance to have a vote.”

Labour MP and former leader Phil Goff said it would be a mistake to go straight into a leadership selection process before looking across the board at what contributed to Labour’s loss.

“It’s commonsense to do it that way. Find out what the reasons were, when you understand the reasons clearly, then we can understand and act upon the reasons that saw brand Labour relegated to 24.7 percent instead of the 40 percent that we actually needed.”

I predict that when they do release these the Labour caucus will find that claims from Cunliffe during the campaign that Labour was in the mid thirties will be found to be utter lies.

Worse still will be the unfavourables for Cunliffe.

Labour needs to get themselves a Farrar to crunch the numbers…someone who isn’t a sychophant, someone who will construct useful and meaningful polls to give honest answers.

Until then and until the Labour party is honest with themselves that the majority of Kiwi voters reject utterly their policies and ideas then they will be doomed to stay in opposition, sliding away to irrelevance.


– Radio NZ


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