NZ First in trouble

December 6th, 2007 at 10:35 am by David Farrar

NZ First has three traditional areas of support.  They are:

  1. Elderly grey power type voters
  2. Provincial and rural conservatives
  3. Maori

The Herald reports today that their support for the Electoral Finance Bill is going to lose them support from two core groups which have supported them previously – Grey Power and the Sensible Sentencing Trust.

First Grey Power:

Grey Power national vice-president Don Chapman said the organisation was apolitical but he would not be surprised if NZ First loyalists within the organisation’s 95,000 members turned away from the party too.

“I would be very, very surprised if [Mr Peters] was supported, because we are very anti that bill, and the implications that the bill would have on us as an organisation.”

Then the Sensible Sentencing Trust:

Garth McVicar – national spokesman for the Sensible Sentencing Trust … said yesterday: “Our stance will certainly be that we don’t see much point in supporting NZ First any further. I would imagine we’ve got thousands more members than [NZ First] have throughout New Zealand, so I think they’re dead in the water, realistically. I think Winston’s just totally lost the plot.”

And this was in response to Winston saying:

Mr Peters responded that [law and order spokesman] Ron Mark and he had worked closely with Mr McVicar for many years and would continue to do so.

NZ First are killed off if they do not make 5% next election, or win Tauranga back (much harder).  They’ve just pissed off their two biggest supporters which will make their job all the harder.

6 Responses to “NZ First in trouble”

  1. Dazzaman (1,136 comments) says:

    Winston going! Yawn

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  2. Put it away (2,883 comments) says:

    I’m very reluctant to write Peters off. He’s been to the edge of the abyss so many times and managed to bullshit his way back. Every time you think he’s exploited his morons as far as he can possibly get away with, he finds new untapped resevoirs of dumb. I don’t think he’s hit “peak stupid” yet.

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  3. Buggerlugs (1,381 comments) says:

    PIA –
    So you’re saying he’ll go for the boy racer vote then?
    Perhaps a page on Bebo…

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  4. PhilBest (4,922 comments) says:

    I suspect Winston has known all along that he could get back in regardless of the taint of what he has been supporting, if he just pulls the plug on it sometime before the next election- perhaps 3 months before. All he needs to do is make a big grandstand to the effect that he can’t support this administration any longer as a matter of “principle”, and hey presto – all of his ah so gullible supporters back in the fold again, the previous 2 years 9 months forgotten.

    Depressing, I know.

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  5. krazykiwi (8,141 comments) says:

    yes, the bauble bear has the allure of something one might find on the side of ones shoe, and something of its stickiness too.

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  6. hinamanu (1,278 comments) says:

    “I’m very reluctant to write Peters off. He’s been to the edge of the abyss so many times and managed to bullshit his way back.”

    Winnies an ambassador now, his pay packet is guaranteed.

    He’s simply trying to save face with his party after deserting them.

    He’s probably hoping NZ first will become defunct. Then he won’t have to be responsible for them any more and continue his over seas junkets and baubles of office. all this looks precarious for him as well. Labour gone , ambassadorship gone. National doesn’t need him. His fence sitting days are over. The Maori party have assured that. National panders to them, not Winston.

    ie; writing… wall… history.

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