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6:12 am, December 4th, 2016 - 169 comments
Categories: brand key, by-election, journalism, labour, leadership, newspapers - Tags: labour, landslide, michael wood, mt roskill, mt roskill by election
Update: As of 11am not a single story on Mt Roskill appears on the online front pages of either The Herald or Stuff. What a surprise!
The Mt Roskill byelection victory is Andrew Little’s victory.
The Labour leader has described the win as “a bloody nose for National”. It is more like a bloody nose, a black eye and broken jaw.
National was comprehensively thrashed in a fight that had the potential to run closer, given that National polled 2189 votes higher than Labour in the party vote two years ago.
John Key campaigned just as hard, if not harder in the electorate, because an upset result would have destabilised Little’s leadership at a critical time in the election cycle.
Key campaigned for seven days in the electorate, between earthquake management and international sumiteering in Peru. Andrew Little was there for six days.
The Key “brand” is well stuffed now.
Credible polling still puts Labour in with a chance in a centre-left bloc to lead the next Government but there has been nothing in Little repertoire until now that says “winner”.
An important point which much of the “opinion” pile-on on the last week or so has conveniently ignored.
Other coverage – catch it before it disappears from front pages (you’re already too late, of course):
Mt Roskill slam dunk a win for Little as well
Labour’s Michael Wood sweeps Mt Roskill by-election
Labour’s Michael Wood wins Mt Roskill in a landslide
Mt Roskill by-election results
Labour’s Michael Wood wins Mt Roskill by-election
Labour trounces National in Mt Roskill by-election
Mt Roskill win comes with Labour pledge to reopen closed police bases around the country
Just in passing, credit to the only journalist who called it in advance, The Spinoff’s Simon Wilson:
NZ’s feeblest John Key parrot is on the brink of a shellacking in Mt Roskill
And from the Twitter:
The result in #MtRoskill raises questions about some very average media coverage & lack of resources on the ground to read what was going on
— Tim Watkin (@Tim_Watkin) December 3, 2016
Disconnect between the last week's media coverage and tonight's result in Roskill should be cause for serious reflection in commentariat.
— Neale Jones (@nealejones) December 3, 2016
Nats attacks on Andrew this week to cover #MtRoskill humiliated in council elections & humiliated again.
— David Parker (@DavidParkerMP) December 3, 2016
Holy unfortunate positioning of the breaking news ticker, Batman. pic.twitter.com/FKUSkeLidk
— Giovanni Tiso (@gtiso) December 3, 2016