So another corrupt Nat minister has gone and Jami-Lee Ross has taken her seat in Botany. What an embarrassing resulting. The majority reduced by 7,000 and Michael Wood reduced the gap from 36% to 28%. Nat strategists will be crapping themselves over the New Citizens’ Party’s result.
Considering that Wood had acknowledged from the start that he wouldn’t win and Labour decided not to waste money on this expensive exercise in Nats replacing the corrupt Pansy Wong, the fact that Wood increased Labour’s share of the vote is outstanding.
You would have expected a low turnout given that there was no real race and no attention but you would have expected it would be Labour and other supporters staying away. Instead, it was the Nat supporters that stayed away in droves. Their vote fell by over ten thousand, Labour’s by less than four thousand.
The New Citizens’ Party result, 10%, will encourage their masters in Beijing and scare the crap out of National’s strategists. Winning immigrants’ votes by scaring them about crime has been vital to the Nats. If the NCP can translate the third of the Asian vote they got in Botany nationwide that’s maybe 3%, and it’s safe to assume most of that would come from National.
I wonder if Pansy joined Key, Ross, Whaleoil and co at the ‘gastropub’ for the victory party.