Jacinda Ardern: Labour to hit 40% during 2015


You have to wonder how self delusional Labour are.

Hitting 40 percent in the polls is Labour MP Jacinda Ardern’s goal for 2015 – but as her National rival Jami-Lee Ross warns, they have to reach 30 first.

Labour had a shocking election, with just 25 percent – its worst result in more than 90 years. Ms Ardern says Labour tried to outline its alternative vision for the country, but was caught up in the Dirty Politics fallout, despite the party having nothing to do with the book’s alleged dirty deeds.

Excellent.  I like it when lies are written down.  I can come back to this later.

“I think when we have stories like this, ultimately it damages anyone involved in politics,” Ms Ardern said on Firstline this morning.

“Both major political parties wanted to talk about the big issues – we wanted to talk about inequality and how we could improve the economy, but it wasn’t our fault that [National] were running a massive smear campaign against other political parties from the Prime Minister’s office.”

Prime Minister John Key’s refusal to admit any wrongdoing dragged the story out, she says, to the point where it nearly consumed the entire election campaign.

“It was incumbent on us to say, ‘Look, we do need to clean up what’s going on.’ But really genuinely doing that should have taken some acknowledgement from the Government that it had happened in the first place.”

I suspect Jacinda is out on a limb here.  There will be quite a few Labour people all puckered up over such categorical statements that Labour had nothing to do with the criminal conspiracy to unseat National.

Mr Ross, also on Firstline this morning, said he thinks New Zealanders are “over it”.

“Labour and the Greens tried to milk it for all it was worth, but it didn’t actually get them very far. It had an impact on the election because we couldn’t actually talk about actual election issues.

“The people that lost out here were New Zealanders – they didn’t get to hear about real political issues. We tried to talk about issues that we felt mattered to the country; these guys tried to talk about Dirty Politics and it just became a big blur.”

National and Labour both want Dirty Politics to go away, and Ardern thinks that will result in the true result of the election:  a return of Labour voters that were unable to hear the message about Capital Gains Tax, being sorry about being a man, #manbans, and so, so so much more.

40% in 2015.

Wonder if Jacinda is a betting gal?

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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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