Richard Long, the main man behind Don Brash’s racist Owera speech is just about the poorest propagandist you get:
“Why only two to a cell? When that suggestion replaced the blackboard menu outside a cafe in Ngaio, Wellington, a few months ago, it was clear the Government had won the “lock them up and throw away the key” argument.
Ngaio is one of those Labour- voting leafy suburbs, adjoining Wadestown, home of the chardonnay socialists. If the liberals cannot win the penal debate in these areas, then they have lost it completely.”
Ok. First, when did a cafe blackboard become a measure of public opinion. Second, when is this guy living? The seventies? Back then Wadestown was a haven of middle class socialism. No more. Back when Long was a young man in the 1920s, Ngaio was working class. No more.
In the Wadestown and Ngaio polling places, National out-polled Labour 3 to 2. Check out Wellingtonista’s map of Wellington polling places. Wadestown and Ngaio are the blue/grey areas North of the concentration of red in central Wellington:
These are not the liberal suburbs of Long’s fuzzy memories
It’s maybe a trifling thing, but it’s the tip of the iceberg. It’s a pity that there seems to be no standard of fact-checking from the likes of Long who get paid very well to express their opinions in the media.
– Marty G