If they did, one after the other they wouldn't all make the same mistakes.
Clark, Obama, Gillard - all from the same play book.
NZ Labour's brother's and sisters across the Tasman are enjoying the same sort of electoral popularity as did Helen Clark in 2008. Just like Clark's tatty remnant party of today, they are deemed unsellable, not just federally but in absolutely every state as well. Hell, if they were in New Zealand they'd lose the seats of Mana and Mangere.
Adolf heard the real deal, behind the scenes goss the other day which simply confirms that which is published.
A couple of retailers - non grocery, non booze - report that when the word went out that electricity prices would increase by between 30% and 50% as a result of Julia's carbon tax that she wasn't going to have but changed her mind about, sales abruptly halted. That's H A L T E D. That's NOT substantially reduced, or faltered or went into a downturn. That's totally disappeared, for some weeks.
Labour pulled the same trick in NZ in 2004. They pushed the productive sector into recession but hid the reality by boosting the number of gummint employees and calling it GDP growth.
Here in Australia, all the ordinary people have battened down the hatches. Wage earners have stopped discretionary spending. Small businesses are reporting invoices which a year ago were paid on date of issue now take two months. Clients who regularly utilised their services are saying 'Sorry we just have to give it a miss this quarter.'
Don't be surprised if Australia does in fact slip into recession when the June quarter GDP figures come out. The March quarter saw a staggering 1.2% decline which has been spun as a one off but if what I'm seeing and hearing continues, Gillard will need more than a few coals from Newcastle to stop her sliding bum first into the electoral bog.
And yes, NZ Labour is still unmistakably Clark's party. That's why it's still so unpopular.
Another one for the “I’ve never seen this before” file
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