More bad news for NZ First. It looks like their hope that Northland could provide a get out of jail free card is misplaced.
The special Colmar Brunton poll result this morning had National’s Matt King on 46% and Shane Jones a distant third on 15% well behind Labour’s Willow-Jean Prime.
I am not surprised. I always thought Jones to be terribly overrated, particularly by himself. In comparison Prime is a very effective and determined MP who has done her time in local Government. She is part of Labour’s future senior leadership.
This will increase the pressure on NZ First. All the polls, even the normally sympathetic Roy Morgan poll, have them well short of the 5% threshold. And with the Greens openly attacking them and Ardern telegraphing a lack of support they may not get back in.
Which to be frank would be a good thing for the country.