Written By: - Date published: 7:34 am, June 28th, 2011 - 15 comments
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Labour shouldn’t get distracted trying to stop a few votes going to Mana. (or racing benefit rorting bloggers, for that matter). If the worse thing post-election is needing Mana’s support to govern, Labour would be ecstatic. Concentrate on the real fight: getting back the 100K voters who voted Labour 3 times out of the last 4.

15 comments on “Focus”

  1. Peter 1


    • swordfish 1.1

      Mind you, Zetetic, it could be argued that ruling Mana out as a Coalition partner is, in fact, a core facet of Labour’s strategy to win back those very 2008 deserters. As sympathetic as many of us here are to Mana (or in my case, to McCarten and Bradford – not quite so much to Hone), it’s important to realise that to the majority of Pakeha (and arguably the overwhelming majority of Labour’s 2008 Pakeha deserters) Hone is simply poison.

      The possibility of a Labour-Mana Coalition would be mana-from-heaven (excuse the pun) for both Nact during the Election Campaign and the anti-MMP brigade (by which, of course, I also mean Nact) in the run-up to the referendum.

      And I say that as someone who Party-voted Alliance 1996-2002.

  2. Jim Nald 2

    That is a good wake-up nudge, Zetetic.

  3. ianmac 3

    Casual voters only see that nice man who must be a good PM. Those voters need to be persuaded to reconsider, yet painting Key as evil doesn’t work. So how to persuade without using a sledgehammer?

    • Colonial Viper 3.1

      No plan from National means no future from National.

      Labour should be formally launching a lot of policy in the next several weeks. Hope it is strong, simple and clearly differentiates Labour from this NACT Government.

      Also the Left needs its own MSM. I think The Standard might need to go semi-professional one day 🙂

  4. Craig Glen Eden 4

    I talk to small business people every day and the people I have talked to in just the last week are starting to realize Key is all promise and never delivers.I have had two people say they are National voters but they are very aware that selling our assets makes no sense.One person said the 2.5% GST was a bad mistake and is making things very hard for him. The other 2 said they voted Key (didnt mention National) last election but wont be making that mistake again.Just 30 minutes ago ran into another guy who is packing up the whole family hes a builder they are of to Brisbane, kids don’t want to go but father said its now a no brainer Aussie is their future.

    So much for Nationals brighter future, its looking a little bit like one EMA CEOs at the moment, all red and nasty.

  5. Ten Miles Over 5

    Labour need to trim many old faces from their benches to make this happen.

    • ianmac 5.1

      And National needs to clear their old faces from their benches. Easy to say but a bit pointless.

  6. Ten Miles Over 6

    Are you saying unless National clear their old faces from their benches they’re going to lose this election? I’ll give you good odds if you want to put money on it 🙂

    • Colonial Viper 6.1

      Brownlee doesn’t need to be cleared out by his party, the voters in his electorate will do it.

      • Ten Miles Over 6.1.1

        Maybe so, but I think the intent of my first comment has been missed. Let’s not get into a ‘but National have old faces too’ mindset about it. The question was how to get those swing voters back to Labour. National clearing out their old faces isn’t going to help Labour. Labour clearing out their old faces is going to help Labour.

        • Craig Glen Eden

          Fair point TMO, and I think you are right in that Labour has to focus on its own game. Personally I dont think National and Key are very good but Labour’s ability to change the publics perception has not ben good and when it comes to perception National are currently winning. When you look at actual outcomes that Key has achieved compared to his promises he is a dismal failure.6 months to go and I think the numbers now leaving to Aussie are really starting to tell a very sad tale about our Nation.

  7. Deadly_NZ 7

    And how about the thousands of people who either dont or wont vote????

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