Hosking on Labour’s chances

The terrifying Mike Hosking

One, does Labour’s immigration policy move the needle in the polls?

Two, does Labour – given its rule changes around the leadership – inside three months roll Andrew Little if they fail to get poll traction fast?

And three, do the so-called “missing million” voters turn up and cause the sort of upheaval we have seen elsewhere?

That would be, no, no and no.  

The immigration policy has potential – not that it makes sense because it doesn’t – because a decent group of New Zealanders believe the country has too many people and they believe those people are buying our houses and nicking our jobs.

Now whether those people already vote Labour or New Zealand First I don’t know, but the next series of polls will tell us, and if they don’t, that’s where question number two comes in.

Under party rules, three months before an election the caucus can roll the leader without going through the drama they have to the rest of the time; namely giving votes to party members and unions.

We have seen this before, of course: the famed “Mike Moore” solution in 1990 that almost worked, and in so many respects it’s a shame it didn’t, because he remains one of my favourite politicians of all time, and given the chance I have no doubt he would have been a brilliant Prime Minister.

Andrew Little in many respects doesn’t deserve to get rolled; by and large he has the factionalism under control, he is the best of the crop, and I include the much-hyped Jacinda Ardern who will undoubtedly one day lead them, but if you’re looking for a game-changer 90 days out, she, let me tell you, is no Mike Moore.

Not in stature, gravitas, experience or kudos.

…credibility, mongrel, effectiveness….

The upheaval we have seen, whether in France, Britain, or America is driven by the obvious.

For an uprising of any sort, you need disenchantment, you need large amounts of disenfranchisement, in simple terms, they need a reason to get out of bed.

In New Zealand that reason doesn’t exist.

In France they hated the Socialists, and the Conservatives were crooks, and they could not stomach an extreme right-winger.

In Britain they called a snap vote. History shows that rarely, if ever, goes well and the Tories made a balls-up of the campaign.

In America they have a system that requires 60 million out of 320 million to turn up in the right state in the right numbers to win.

Here we have none of that.

So, one, does the immigration policy move the needle ? No.
Two, does Andrew Little get rolled? No.
Three, do the missing million turn out? No.

If I am right with those three, you have your election result three months and a day out.

We do.  Which is why we are really talking about Winston a lot.  He’s going to decide what the next government will look like, even if ACT triples its vote.


– Mike Hosking, Newstalk ZB

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