Finally, a lefty who gets it

Danyl McLauchlan can be perceptive sometimes. Not often, but occasionally he gets it.

Today he writes about why the left’s campaigns against John Key are so totally ineffective.

In the 2014 New Zealand Electoral Survey – taken shortly after the election – researchers asked respondents for their opinion on our political leaders. Here’s the chart for Key:



People in the ‘Strongly dislike’ column would all like to think that the events of the last few days have shifted that distribution to the left. Maybe it has, but there’s no particular reason for that to be the case, and it seems just as plausible to me that it’s the other way and that more people like Key now, or, maybe, that some people have diverged from the centre.

The chart for Andrew Little is the reverse of that, but mainstream polls don’t look at this narrative, instead preferring to measure the “preferred Prime Minister” statistic. Positives and Negatives are more important, you can’t win government if your chosen leader has high negatives.

Now to social media and the impact of that on convincing people to change their views.

Also, too, if you feel frustrated that Key is so popular and think that should change, I should remind you that complaining about him on twitter is the least meaningful way you can effect that change. Join Labour or the Greens, and/or donate money to them, and/or volunteer, and/or donate money to a rape crisis centre. Most of the people engaged in political social media debates are in the far left-most column or the far right-hand column and aren’t persuadable.

He is absolutely correct on that which makes Greg Presland’s comment yesterday that:

The media is clearly swinging behind the opposition on this issue.  You just have to watch twitter to see the trend.

Isn’t it funny that Labour look at the media and BELIEVE? It’s their own spin FFS, and they BELIEVE it is working because the media and Twitter say it is working.  WTF?

That sort of disconnect is why Labour keeps on losing. They have lost three elections in a row because of arrogance that they are right and the voters are wrong, just look at social media…see …see…

The left-wing hate John Key, I get it, but the vast majority of Kiwis see him as a positive person making a difference. Labour keeps on attacking the most popular Prime Minister in modern political history and they keep wondering why it is they are losing. Their belief that if they can only silence dissent then they will win is misplaced.


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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.