Tracy Watkins admits today’s Fairfax poll is pretty out of whack but there’s no denying the trend has turned against Labour in the past few months. People back the policy. That’s not the problem. Labour will still be hoping to close up 5% or so in the campaign. On the positive side: what a result for the Greens!
At a record 11%, the Greens would get in a raft of new talent including Holly Walker
(Rod Donald’s daughter)*, Eugenie Sage, Jan Logie, Steffan Browning, Denise Roche, Julie Anne Genter, and Mojo Mathers (who would be the country’s first deaf MP). The Greens are successfully taking support from Labour, although the combined vote is also down from earlier this year, and cementing itself as a true third party.
Labour, on the other hand, is looking at the possibility of losing some of its new talent – Stuart Nash, Kelvin Davis, Carmel Sepuloni. That’s what happens when you give old timers who are on their way out in a term or two a higher place on the list than your future leaders.
The Nats will be talking Labour leadership changes again. My feeling is that, if it was going to happen, it would have happened by now. Goff’s got the job to do: sell the policy and, more importantly, sell himself as the man for the job.
This country can’t afford another three years of blundering, half-arsed government and destructive policies like asset sales from National. The parties of the Left have a responsibility to win.
* lprent: Wrong Holly…