John Palino. Cameron Slater. John Slater.
That’s quite a nasty, toxic little clique that Ms Chuang has gotten herself mixed up with.
What’s that old saying about supping with the devil? (Or his three mortal minions, for that matter.)
And does Slater’s nasty little tabloid trash mean that it is now open season on all right wing politicians and their own sordid little affairs?
If I was a National MP or Minister, I would be ruing the day Slater published his dirty little story on Len Brown and Bevan Chuang. Because now they are now all legitimate targets for left-wing bloggers. Is the House of National (and Slater, for that matter) purer than snow?
We shall see.
As for Ms Chuang – none of those three men (Palino, Slater Senior, Slater junior) mean her well.
As The Doctor says to his companions – when faced with nefarious forces of darkness – run!!
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The election of David Cunliffe has had the desired effect; in yet another poll, Labour is up, whilst National is either down or trailing. If these polls are any indication, and barring any major f**k up from the left, we are on course for a change in government next year (if not earlier).
A recent Herald Digipoll had Labour on 37.7%, giving it 48 seats. With the Greens on 11.3%, giving it 14 seats, and with Mana’s one seat, the centre-left would have 63 seats in the House. (See: Labour rockets in poll) More than sufficient and not needing to rely on the unpredictable Winston Peters (who has still not ruled out coalescing with the Nats, post election).
The Herald Digipoll is backed up by the latest Roy Morgan poll (for which this blogger was recently polled as well, via cellphone – see: Mr Morgan phoned).
The results are a spectacular boost for a new LabourGreen government – and a death notice for the Tories;
Labour: 37% (+ 4.5%)
Greens: 11.5% (- 3.5%)
Mana: 0.5% (n/c) 1 seat (?)
National Party: 42% (+ 1%)
Maori Party: 1% (n/c) 3 seats?
ACT NZ: 0.5% (- 0.5%) 1 seat?
United Future: 0.5% (unchanged) 1 seat?
Conservative Party of NZ: 2% (+ 0.5%)
New Zealand First: 4.5% (- 2%)
Source: Roy Morgan
Gary Morgan, of Morgan polling, says,
“Today’s New Zealand Roy Morgan Poll shows a large boost to Labour’s support (37%, up 4.5%) after the election of David Cunliffe as the new Labour Leader – now at its highest since Helen Clark was Prime Minister in October 2008. The boost to Labour’s support has come at the expense of fellow Opposition Parties the Greens (11.5%, down 3.5%) and New Zealand First (4.5%, down 2%).
“A potential Labour/Greens alliance (48.5%, up 1%) remains well ahead of National (42%, up 1%) and would form Government if an election were held now. The immediate boost to Labour support provides Cunliffe with a great ‘platform’ to explain why New Zealand electors should vote for Labour again.
“If Cunliffe can enunciate a consistent and concise message of the Labour Party policies and how they will improve the lives of New Zealanders and the country in general over the next 12 months, Cunliffe stands a real chance of being elected as New Zealand’s next Prime Minister at next year’s election.”
Roy Morgan explains it’s polling techniques, “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 934 electors from September 16-29, 2013. Of all electors surveyed a high 5% (down 1%) didn’t name a party.”
It is interesting to note that the number of undecideds/wouldn’t say, are down by a percentage point. That means that just over a year out from the election, voters are making up their minds. And it isn’t looking too good for the Nats. The Nats promote a pseudo-“hands off” approach to economic/social problems (except for Skycity, Rio Tinto, Warner Bros, Southern China Airlines, Mediaworks, etc) – such as Brownlee’s infamous quip that the housing crisis in Christchurch is best left to the free market to solve (see: Christchurch rent crisis ‘best left to market‘). Yeah, right.
People want active solutions to pressing problems. Throwing corporate welfare at companies like Warner Bros and Rio Tinto will not help struggling young New Zealanders into their own homes; feeding hungry children from poverty-stricken families; or create jobs for the 164,000 unemployed in this country. The latest Reserve Bank restrictions on first home buyers with low deposits – sanctioned by Bill English – will be the final straw.
When New Zealanders eventually tire of flirting with a do-nothing National government, they look to interventionist parties (Labour, Greens, and Mana) to do the job.
After two terms, the smile and wave frontman for National will be thrown out and their diabolical legislation can be reversed and consigned to the garbage heap of history.
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