And this is why the Labour Party are disconnected from NZ

They are incapable of admitting they are wrong.

In Hamilton West Tim MacIndoe benefited hugely from The Moroney Effect, the special electoral effect that increases a National party candidates majority when Sue Moroney stands against them. He did indeed increase his majority as a result.

Hamilton remained true blue on election night with both incumbents cruising to victory.

In Hamilton East David Bennett won a fourth term, beating out Labour’s Cliff Allen with a massive majority of nearly 9000.

In doing so, he became the first person ever to win the seat four times.

Meanwhile, Tim Macindoe won Hamilton West for the third time, sweeping past Sue Moroney by more than 5400 votes.

It was a tense night for the Moroney camp as Labour’s disastrous share of the party vote saw her only just squeeze back into Parliament in fourth place on the party list.

In her concession speech to party faithful at the Trade Union centre in Hamilton, she was unsure if a return to Parliament was on the cards.

Fortunately for Tim MacIndoe’s electoral prospects she is still in parliament…at the moment.  

At the end of the Waikato Times article there are some comments from Dianne Yates.

Dianne’s Claim: Labour ran a smart campaign in Hamilton East

Reality: David Bennett gave up nearly 3500 votes with the boundary changes to Hamilton West effectively reducing his majority to 5000.  He won this year by 9000.  Labour selected a lazy candidate who lives in the Taupo electorate whilst rejecting an enthusiastic candidate (Jamie Strange) who lives and works in Hamilton East and ran last year for council so had some existing profile and a campaign team.  They then put Jamie in the Taupo electorate – how is that smart?? – A Hamilton East resident standing in the Taupo electorate and a Taupo electorate resident standing in Hamilton East??

Dianne’s claim:  David Bennett talks a lot about the expressway

Reality: That’s because it means so much to Hamilton city in terms of growth opportunities – just look at what Tainui are proposing with the inland port.  This will add thousands of jobs, houses and opportunity to Hamilton.  The Greens and Labour would not complete the expressway.

Dianne’s claim: The expressway was started by Labour

Reality: Bollocks.  They built one section and then said they wouldn’t build anymore and over the years had actively opposed it.

Dianne Yates needs to build a bridge and get over the fact that David Bennett put her into retirement.

Vitriolic, sour, out of touch people like Dianne Yates who are still actively involved in candidate selections are why Labour will continue to die a slow and painful death.

I’m surprised someone so old is still obsessed with David Bennett, she should be enjoying her twilight years, but seems incapable of enjoying anything.

 

– Waikato Times


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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.  And 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 that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.

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