Sunday, July 30, 2017

SOMETIMES HUMBLE PIE TASTES OK

Ok, I bombed it.  The Greens defied my predictions and rocketed ahead 4 points to reach 15% in the latest Colmar Brunton poll.   They are now 4 points clear of Winston First.    Clearly significant elements from the progressive left are attracted to their social welfare policy where Government is seen to act as a latter day John Frum.

At the same time Labour has plunged to their lowest poll result in 30 years even eclipsing their 2014 worst ever performance.   It is instructive that the little man let go that he had discussed with his colleagues whether he should walk away from the job.   Pretty hard one would think with the Hansel and Gretel billboards already in place but stranger things have happened.    Actually he might have to ... should the 24% be repeated on election day Labour won't win a single List seat.

One thing for sure.   It's pretty hard to see the Greens being sidelined by Labour should they be given the opportunity to form the next government.

More to the point.   Is it just possible that the Greens could become the official Opposition in just eight weeks time?

Updated 21.18  ... this comment on Kiwiblog really sez it all.   "Why would any political leader admit to seeking advice on the topic of stepping down?   By publicly revealing this it makes Little look even weaker than he already is".


15 comments:

David said...

Why would any US President admit to seeking advice on the topic of pardoning himself and his family? By publicly revealing this it makes Trump look even guiltier than he already is".

Lolita brother said...

Is it not amazing to see the entitlement infection in action in New Zealand.
You admit you are criminally benefiting from the taxpayer and the Justice Warriors
promote you.

Psycho Milt said...

Yes, LB, Bill English's fraud and his involvement in using taxpayers' money to try and cover up a crime have seen him promoted, but National voters are anything but "justice warriors."

Psycho Milt said...

At the same time Labour has plunged to their lowest poll result in 30 years even eclipsing their 2014 worst ever performance.

I'm not surprised. I'll be voting Green rather than Labour this election, as they're the ones with the left-wing policies. The last Labour government demonstrated that Labour are not committed to social welfare reform - Turei has made it very clear that the Greens are. And with National having largely adopted Labour's programme, Labour's electoral appeal (we could do a better job of delivering a slightly different programme than the current lot) isn't the stuff that bold, exciting election campaigns are made of.

Is it just possible that the Greens could become the official Opposition in just eight weeks time?

No. The Green Party's emphasis on the environment appeals to educated people, but not so much to the working class. If Labour remembers what its name means, there's plenty of room for both.

Anonymous said...

"No. The Green Party's emphasis on the environment appeals to educated people, but not so much to the working class. "

You utter fucken snob !

The Veteran said...

Anon 7.55 ... uptick, uptick, uptick.

Anonymous said...

Anon 7.55am is absolutely right. Milt has shown himself to be the snotty chardonnay socialist I have long suspected him to be.He is in the cut of Geoffrey Palmer, Helen Clark and others...a grouping I regard as despicable and envy-ridden.
Cadwallader

Psycho Milt said...

You utter fucken snob !

I'm an utter fucken realist. There'll be a Green Party rally in your town this election - go to it and have a look at the audience. It's Labour that needs to appeal to the working class, and it's time it started doing that again.

Psycho Milt said...

Milt has shown himself to be the snotty chardonnay socialist I have long suspected him to be.

Well, duh. I'm a mouthy git (=snotty), I'm a socialist and I also get paid a fat salary and live in a big house (which is presumably what "chardonnay" is intended to convey). Perhaps "class traitor" is the phrase you're looking for.

He is in the cut of Geoffrey Palmer, Helen Clark and others...

Are you shitting me? I just switched from a Labour Party that's to the left of Palmer's and Clark's because it's not left-wing enough. Please spare me the gratuitous insults.

Anonymous said...

No it isn't! The group you pompously refer to as the "working class" no longer exists. Workers these days (myself included) are aspirational and not lingering in your defined sea of impotence and envy, preferring to achieve for themselves. Labour movements are redundant to all thinking humans! If labour movements of any stripe are still important to you then you are as sad as you are pompous.
Cadwallader

Psycho Milt said...

The group you pompously refer to as the "working class" no longer exists.

Huh? People have stopped working for capitalists in exchange for wages? When did that happen? Wait, I know it didn't happen because my kids are working for capitalists in exchange for wages. You're just wrong is all.

David said...

Workers these days (myself included) are aspirational ...

Yes, they are.

Many aspire to having their wages paid in full, on time, not to be cheated and stolen.

Many aspire to having reliable hours so they can plan their work and family life, not to be permanently on call for a call that may never come.

Many aspire to achieve, to get ahead, to be promoted, not to be abused, sexually harassed and demeaned.

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

David, I didn't know you worked for McCarten!

Anonymous said...

Phsycho Milt
You clearly have very little understanding of political matters , other than an irrational hatred of National.
What has caused this?

Did National cut your benefit. Did a Gay Minister catch you with your trousers around your ankles?
Somethings happened to cause your bitterness.

In any event , if you even took a cursory look at the English episode , you'd realise it was bad advice ,certainly not fraud.
Fraud is what the Green lady dis . OK

EH of D

Psycho Milt said...

You clearly have very little understanding of political matters , other than an irrational hatred of National.

Eye of the beholder, isn't it? Read the stuff that's written about Labour and the Green Party on this blog and see if your definition of "irrational hatred" can be panelbeaten to the point where it includes my opinions but excludes those.

In any event , if you even took a cursory look at the English episode , you'd realise it was bad advice ,certainly not fraud.

Can you point me to where Parliamentary Services advised Bill English to make a false declaration for financial advantage? And even if such appallingly bad advice had been offered, and Bill had naively accepted it, should he really be running the country?