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Is Labour snatching defeat from the jaws of Victorysaurus?

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Electors unimpressed with Finance Minister Bill English’s Fifth Budget as National Party 41% (down 3%) now well behind Labour/ Greens 47% (up 3%)

This latest New Zealand Roy Morgan Poll on voting intention was conducted by telephone – both landline and mobile telephone, with a NZ wide cross-section of 1,057 electors from May 13-26, 2013. Of all electors surveyed 5% (unchanged) didn’t name a party.

Today’s New Zealand Roy Morgan Poll shows a big fall in support for Prime Minister John Key’s National Party to 41% (down 3% since April 29-May 12, 2013). Support for Key’s Coalition partners is slightly down overall with the Maori Party 2% (unchanged), ACT NZ 0.5% (down 1%) and United Future 0.5% (unchanged).

Support for Labour is 35% (up 3%); Greens are 12% (unchanged), New Zealand First 4.5% (down 0.5%), Mana Party 0.5% (down 0.5%), Conservative Party of NZ 2.5% (up 1%) and Others 1.5% (up 1%).

If a National Election were held now the latest New Zealand Roy Morgan Poll shows an Opposition Labour/ Greens Coalition would win.

Acknowledgment: Roy Morgan

That was the poll result for Roy Morgan, at the end of May this year.  Only two weeks ago. As polls go, Roy Morgan is one of the more accurate ones.  It is also the only one known to phone respondants on both landlines and cellphones – making it more representative of the electorate at large.

So things are looking up for a new, progressive government, post-2014 (if not earlier).

But only if Labour doesn’t keep f*****g things up like this incident last week,

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Key slams Labour for SkyCity hospitality

Acknowledgement: Fairfax Media – Key slams Labour for SkyCity hospitality

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After slamming the dodgy nature of  Key’s dealings with Skycity Casino, which will see an upward spike  in numbers of  dangerous, addictive   “pokies”, Labour had set itself on a moral high-ground. This is a community problem (I refuse to call it an “issue”) and Labour was firmly on the side of communities around the country

It was a position that most New Zealanders probably felt a considerable degree of  sympathy with.

Unfortunately, in a brainfart of Jupiter-sized proportions, four senior, long-term Labour MPs then accepted hospitality from Skycity to attend a rugby match at Mt Eden – at Skycity’s corporate box.

The staggering hypocritical nature of Labour’s presence at Skycity’s corporate box cannot be under-stated. In this respect, criticism from Key; newspaper editorials; columnists, right-wing bloggers, et al, is absolutely warranted.

This was a major mis-step by expereienced MPs who should have known better.

What on Earth were they thinking?

Did they think that no one would notice?

Did they think that no one would tip-off media or right-wing bloggers?

Is there no one at the Labour Parliamentary Office who paused; pondered; and presaged that this was not a terribly flash  idea?

This has more than the a whiff of hypocrisy; this reinforces public perceptions that politicians are “all the same”. Incidents like this put people off from participating in the democratic process. After all, why should people be bothered to get out and  vote if, really, there’s bugger-all difference between government and opposition parties?!

In case any Labour MPs are reading this, I leave him/her with these three points to ponder,

  1. This election is yours to lose. And if you’re that dead-keen to lose it, feel free to keep behaving like this.
  2. Unlike National voters, centre-left voters have alternatives to choose from. Note that the Greens and Mana are options clearly printed on the Ballot paper. Capicé?
  3. In this instance, right wing blogs are fully justified in their criticism of such stupid  decisions. More power to their arms, on this issue, because by the gods, those Labour MPs thouroughly deserve a bollicking over this.

I think I speak for many other progressive bloggers when I say to Labour; lift your game, dammit!

Muppets.

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  1. mcclairy
    16 June 2013 at 9:14 am

    Cringe, groan, “What were they thinking?” As for Shearer and his not having any refreshments, isn’t that a “I didn’t inhale” moment for which the world went into hysterics over….and “I didn’t have sex with that women” screams liar liar your house is on fire. Tis June….6 months to get their house in order don’t you think people. Then a re-assesment in order. After hearing Cunliffe in the debate on GCSB the other night…….holding the government to account….superb.

  2. Mooloo magic
    16 June 2013 at 10:29 am

    The stupidity of the 4 Labour MPs in accepting corporate hospitality from Sky City just once again reinforces the serious disconnect most of the Labour caucus seem to possess in spades. The excuses offered up by the four were weak and naïve and they foolishly once again allowed Key (and the MSM) to reset the agenda which meant that National’s agenda once again escapes scrutiny.
    Labour surrendered the moral high ground and is now compromised and any criticisms of the shonky Sky City convention centre deal will just allow Key and Joyce to level claims of hypocrisy at Labour.
    The incompetence of Labour just 18 month from the next election is exasperating, what should be an election that Labour can’t lose is shaping up as an election that Labour will gift National.
    Labour should adopt the same policy as the Greens and never accept Corporate hospitality.

    • 16 June 2013 at 12:17 pm

      Labour surrendered the moral high ground and is now compromised and any criticisms of the shonky Sky City convention centre deal will just allow Key and Joyce to level claims of hypocrisy at Labour.

      Precisely, Mooloo.

      And I think even the Greens or Mana will have a hard time taking the Nats to task on this dodgy deal. Key will simply point the finger at Labour MPs and respond,

      “Go ask them. Labour seems to spend a helluva lot of time with Skycity officials at Mt Eden…”

      I can hear his smarmy voice now, with other Nats braying in the background.

  3. Gurrrraffe
    16 June 2013 at 10:50 am

    Labour should adopt the same policy as the Greens and never accept Corporate hospitality.

    But accepting corporate hospitality (and all the other enjoyable aspects of being elite) is the only reason people like King, Goff, and Faafoi are there.

    Remember Goff was the man who claimed he’d leave parliament only if he got a job worth a couple of million dollars a year: http://www.odt.co.nz/source/apnz/190818/goff-plans-stay-parliament

  4. Bob
    17 June 2013 at 6:31 pm

    they could always have a cup of tea eh?

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