Labour’s Leadership Problem

Cunliffe - Sh_t

Labour had a shocker of a campaign, which all started when they didn’t do any proper polling or focus groups on their leadership contenders last year.

Arts, Travel and Lifestyle Blogger David Farrar interrupted his hectic world travel schedule to do the kind of research Labour needed to do on Cunliffe last year and was consistently saying he had very high negatives and he would tank Labour’s vote.

For Labour to be relevant again they need to start by doing the kind of research our pinko mate did and find out who can actually connect with Middle New Zealand.

Cunliffe has proven he can’t.

Robertson has similar negatives, so it might be time for Labour to look at someone that actually can reach out to middle New Zealand.


Grant Robertson can’t lay claim to the leadership. He massively lost the party vote on the night in his electorate…coming a distant third. 

Wellington Central

Mathew Hooton reckons this is either Kelvin Davis or Stuart Nash.

Maybe it is, and after their big electorate wins tonight they have done something pretty special in winning against massive money in Kelvin’s case and a massively popular National Party in Stuart’s case.

People inside Labour need to think carefully about this.

A leader that wins a leadership election by appealing more to the base than middle New Zealand, which is what Cunliffe did, would be a disaster.


David Cunliffe should fall on his sword. He too lost the party vote…in the leader’s own electorate!

His claims for a mandate are as shattered as the left’s dreams today.

Labour need to move to the middle, and they need a proven vote winner to win.

They also need to do the deep seated research that Farrar does for National and find out if their leader can ever appeal to Middle New Zealand.

At the moment the phone is off the hook when Labour call.

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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.

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