The figures though:- Phil Goff 27% for preferred Prime minister. John Key - 59.9%. The figures for preferred party are very similar.
I was talking to someone who claimed that the decile one area I was in at the time had turned into a National area. The reason being that the Labour candidate and National candidate at the time had been invited to speak to the community. The Labour candidate declined. Meanwhile, the National candidate turned up. Around the same time, both candidates were invited along to a working bee. Again, the Labour candidate declined. The National candidate turned up and brought John Key along who mucked in
Obviously the Labour candidate had absolutely no interest in their constituent. He was arrogant. He put absolutely no effort in given that the electorate was traditionally a Labour area.
Has Labour completely lost the plot? Do they seriously think that they can ignore the writing on the wall? Labour need to:
- Stop treating people like idiots and do something about the cracks within their own party. If the members of their own party, such as Judith Tizard and others who declined a seat in parliament, are showing discontent, then truly, what are the rest of us supposed to think?
- Get back to good old fashioned campaigning. Listen to what their constituents have to say. Get back to being a voice of the people rather than being the arrogant sods that lost them the last election in the first place.
- Select a new leader. Phil Goff can not bring the party together.
- Stop trying to spin a soft stance as being in our best interests. Show some backbone.
- Stop trying to blame the problems on the symptoms. Labour is in disarray. Admit to it. Show that they're willing to take the steps needed to fix the problem.