Down in the comments long time contributor gobsmacked wrote:
I have never seen a post on here saying ‘The left parties want the voters who switched to National last time. They aren’t idiots. But we lost them. Let’s find out why.’ That’s step one. I live in hope.
Happy to oblige! Gentle reader, if you are one of those who has previously voted Left (Labour / Green) could you please tell us why you switched last election to Right (National / ACT)? As a follow up question, how do you feel about that decision now, are you still happy or do you (the “Cindy effect”) have regrets?
[Note, this is a genuine question and I hope some, perhaps even those that don’t usually comment on blogs, may choose to answer it. I’m not interested in the clone legions of right wing trolls regurgitating their hollow “Liarbour is a bunch of corrupt Feminazis!” lines, there are other blogs for that.]
Update: I wasn’t expecting such a response! Wish I had time right now to participate more in the discussion. I think it’s fair to say based on comments so far that the overwhelming majority were voting not for National, but against Labour. A lot of reasons are given, some a lot more valid than others in my opinion (perhaps a follow up post on that). But it would be good to hear the other part of the story too. So in particular if you switched to National for positive reasons (not away from Labour for negative) it would be really interesting to hear those.