Matt McCarten writes in the HoS:
I can’t see how Labour can keep whistling in the dark over its dismal public support.
I don’t know how its leader, Phil Goff, can keep pretending he has a chance of winning in November.
Two polls this week showed the gap between National and Labour remaining at a yawning 20 per cent. When was the last time a government polled consistently so far ahead of its opposition?
Every poll these days seems to tell the same story: John Key and his party can rule alone. People like Key and trust him.
We have a prime minister whom two out of every three New Zealanders prefer.
That means even voters of other parties support him over their own leaders. Extraordinary but true.
That is a point few have cottoned on to. Even amongst Labour voters, the majority prefer Key over Goff to be PM.
No one, surely, believes that a Goff-led party has any show.
It is clear the whole Labour caucus is made up of a bunch of gutless wonders, resigned to coast along for the next six months and lose, rather than get a backbone and make the change.
Labour needs a new messenger if it has any chance.
Frankly, it’s a dereliction of duty for the current caucus to flag this election away. If it does then it doesn’t deserve any support from its core constituency.
It would have a better chance in November if it put the names of its current MPs on a wall and then have some kid throw a dart at it.
Whoever gets their name lanced by the dart gets the job.
That would be hilarious. There would be 41 MPs silently thinking “Please, please don’t land on my name” and two MPs praying “pick me, pick me”.
It’s a bit over the top but it’s a better strategy than the one Labour’s running now.
Matt shouldn’t give away his ideas for free.Tags: Labour, Matt McCarten, Phil Goff