“News”: people vote with their wallets

Christchurch people appear to vote with their wallets.

The Press compared the party vote for each Christchurch polling booth to the level of poverty in the area.

The results broadly show that Labour won the party vote in poor suburbs stretching northeast from Sydenham to New Brighton, while National won the party vote in areas like Fendalton and the Port Hills.

Analysis of how people voted in areas with different poverty levels shows National picked up about 60 per cent of their Christchurch support in the city’s more affluent areas, compared to 42 per cent for Labour and 54 per cent for the Green Party.

National attracted about 25 per cent of their Christchurch vote from the city’s poorer suburbs, compared to 43 per cent for Labour.

University of Canterbury political science Alex Tan said the battleground for votes was in middle-class suburbs populated by swing voters.

Nothing new then.   It is interesting to see it mapped however  

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The truly insane thing is people in deprived areas really believe that a Labour Government would be better for them.  They can only see money directly in front of them – not a better economy making life better for all of us.

Unfortunately for people living around the red dots, the Gummint isn’t going to just give them more of other people’s money.  Even thought that may appear to solve their individual problems, it never has been a sustainable answer to running a prosperous society.

 

– Charlie Gates, The Press


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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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