The last two days have produced two headlines Phil Goff did not want to see. They are the headlines which cement in his party's looming defeat in 2011.
- Fonterra Boosts Dairy Payout
- The Recession Is Over
This week is the week Labour's slim chances were killed off for the next eight years.
The two headlines are linked, with dairy farmers already off to their banks to adjust budgets and plan spending for the significantly increased cash flows arriving in October, November and December. These will almost certainly ensure positive GDP growth in the December quarter so it only remains for the September quarter to show marginal growth and we are well and truly on the way.
It is quite clear that had Labour been in government, the recession would have continued. Their borrow and spend policies and their commitment to the non productive public service would have seen to that. National and ACT will have no trouble hammering this message home as unemployment conveniently declines during the run up to the 2011 election.
Meanwhile, Labour's loser strategists relentlessly pursue yesterday's story, Bill English's housing arrangements.