Red Claire doesn’t like it when Mum and Dad fight

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Labour leader Andrew Little has presented his election winning strategy for 2017 and it is shaped like a donut.

There is a big hole in the centre.

He presented this sweet treat after former Prime Minister Helen Clark advised that in order to win an election in New Zealand “you must command the centre ground.”

Not so, Little said. The centre did not exist. It was a “hollow term”. It was the middle of the donut. This came as a shock to many. It has long been accepted wisdom that reaping votes from the centre was the key recipe for electoral success.

Then again, it was also once accepted wisdom that the earth was flat. Just as Ferdinand Magellan set out to prove the earth was round, Little embarked to disprove the centre ground theory.

He would not win in 2017 by taking the centre ground. Instead, he would win by taking “middle New Zealand”.

He would do this by appealing to “a coalition of constituencies”.

How do you pick between Andy and Helen?  How can Andy possibly put poor Claire in that position?  

Dunne is perhaps the best evidence in support of Little’s contention that the centre is “hollow” turf. Dunne has long claimed to represent the “centre” but got a paltry 0.22 per cent of the vote in the last election.

Nonetheless, Parliament’ resident centre expert set out a history lesson, listing governments which had risen and fallen courtesy of the centre vote.

Dunne then presented Little with a post-Apocalypse scenario of his disregard for the centre: a day in which NZ First would become the leading Opposition party by hoovering up Labour’s alienated right wing.

Little of course will suggest this is nonsense, not least because the entire concept of a “right” wing is nonsense.

Dismissing Dunne is one thing but Little had broken one of Labour’s 10 Commandments. He had disputed – gasp! – advice from St Helen. …

Things are at a contrary stage when a National leader is praising a former Labour leader to the skies, a Green Party co-leader is boasting about being embraced by big business and a Labour leader is denying the centre exists.

I’ve sent a care package to the NZ Herald.

 

– Claire Trevett, NZ Herald


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