Espiner endorses Super Saturday

August 17th, 2010 at 1:00 pm by David Farrar

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I reckon we should have a mini general election later this year.

Just think, why wait for next year? And why should those Aussie have all the fun? With the decision by Winnie Laban to head for a nice safe post in academia, the way is open for Chris Carter and Jim Anderton to call in their own electorates, too.

We could have a Super Tuesday-style tri-series, with three by-elections all on the same day. That would save the taxpayer money, and spark a lot of interest in politics leading up to the general election. It’d also be a sort of dry run for Phil Goff, too, and would allow his colleagues a better chance to assess his chances of winning – or in the immortal words of Don Brash, to lose less badly – the general election.

There’s other advantages to a Super Saturday. With Carter being an Auckland MP, Laban a Wellingtonian and Anderton from Christchurch, we’ve got the majority of the country covered, so there’d be interest from national media across the board.

Add on George Hawkins also, for four by-elections in one day.

I think Labour should go for it.

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11 Responses to “Espiner endorses Super Saturday”

  1. Murray (8,847 comments) says:

    Espiner is a journalist isn’t he?

    Its a journos job to endorse things now?

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  2. Bevan (3,923 comments) says:

    Oh great – free Labour party advertising…..

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  3. Jibbering Gibbon (198 comments) says:

    To be fair he’s only endorsing an imaginary fancy. For a better idea of his range, try some of his fairy tales. Very instructive.

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  4. Murray (8,847 comments) says:

    Well what sort of shampo does he use then since he’s into useless endorsments.

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  5. PinkGina (91 comments) says:

    Labour would lose the lot

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  6. pidge (56 comments) says:

    There’s mutterings of another three possible Labour safe-seat by-elections, at what point would JK up the ante to a snap election?

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  7. BeaB (2,119 comments) says:

    So now elections are just a media event?
    And we’d have weeks of his and others’ inane so-called analysis, polls, worms, graphs and graphics.
    In Oz they even have analysis of body language. What next? Phrenology?

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  8. Poliwatch (335 comments) says:

    One issue is that while there is a saving to the public purse in running this, there is a huge financial cost to Anderton. I can’t see him wanting to do this.

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  9. jaba (2,137 comments) says:

    that is a shit load of sausage sizzles for Andrew Little to arrange

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  10. george (388 comments) says:

    Espiner’s blog is just a rip off of hooten’s nbr column on friday: http://whaleoil.gotcha.co.nz/2010/08/13/could-it-be-7-by-elections/
    As usual, hooten probably just took dictation from kevin tailor

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  11. wikiriwhis business (3,883 comments) says:

    Liarbour are so confident yet won’t put the theory to the test.

    But on the other hand, neither will National.

    Was Muldoons snap the last early election?

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