Mea Culpa, says Seven Percent Little

Labour’s current leader blames himself for its latest fall. The result was expected, he said, because it coincided with a week in which he did not perform well. That was the week he suggested he would threaten to regulate bank interest rates if they did not pass on an OCR reduction. It was just the latest desperate move Labour has made this year, from reversing its position on the TPP to promising free tertiary education and toying with a universal benefit, not to mention the flag. […]

A four-point drop in a Colmar Brunton poll taken for TVNZ last week must be a shock to supporters of the Labour Party. It followed John Key’s failure to carry the country at the flag referendum, the first time he had lost a nationwide vote since he became the National Party’s leader nearly 10 years ago.

While the referendum was not supposed to be about him, Labour, the Greens and NZ First did their utmost to make it so, urging voters to deny him a “legacy” of that kind. It now seems likely their opposition boosted support for a flag change which turned out to be higher than expected and the result was particularly close in some of the seats National holds. As it turns out, the flag poll has done the Government no harm and the Opposition no good. […]

But Labour’s drop to just 28 per cent in the latest poll is not a good result for politics in this country. When a major party slips below 30 per cent, the party and its supporters begin to lose confidence in its policies and leadership and the result can be a move to extreme positions.

It pays to remember how the National Party took power. All they did was to promise two things, maybe three:

  • National would continue the policies of the Labour Party
  • There would be no asset sales in the first term
  • You get what you got with Helen, but we’ll be nice, friendly and not at all arrogant.

As you can see, it was stability with a smile that New Zealand wanted. And stability with a smile is what we’ve had for the last three terms.

In the meantime, the Labour Party have been captured by the unions and dragged so hard to the left that it has even drowned out the other minor voices such as women and LGBT issues. The Labour party are run by a bunch of bovver boys. Have a look at their strategy team: no woman or queer feels free to speak up in that environment. It’s back to picket line collectivism.

Whereas Labour were falling apart through pandering to too many diverse interest groups, now it is strangling itself by appearing to be the nation’s weird uncle – the one that keeps coming up with different ideas, each one less feasible than the last, and Little is blissfully unaware from day to day that he’s contradicting himself.

Labour have no idea what they stand for any longer. They are all over the place. They are militant. Hostile. And they present a team to the voters who are simply not palatable.

 

– NZ Herald


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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. 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.

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