A week after deciding to fuck a hornets nest by sallying forth with a xenophobic dog-whistle over NZ’s housing market problems, how’s it going for Labour? Some within the party had expected a bounce in the polls and, well…the Colmar Brunton poll out today has Labour up 1%. So the bump hasn’t happened. Labour are flat.
But wait, it gets better.
The amount of political capital burned by Labour on their ‘Chinese money’ nonsense, might well be showing up in people giving Andrew Little absolutely zero benefit of the doubt when he made statements around the ‘Fire at Will’ legislation that could uncharitably have been interpreted as back peddling.
Them’s the breaks – thoroughly deserved.
Now, I guess Labour could double down on their ignorance and arrogance and decide they just haven’t been base enough in trying to ‘sell their message’. Or they could cut the crap and get back to being a solid and conscientious social democratic party of the left. That means they’d have to work, and work hard, to regain the trust of a substantial proportion of their base that is, quite frankly, sick and disgusted.
Which way will they go?