Matt McCarten writes in the HoS:
In three months the World Cup will be over and all focus will be on the other competition this year – the general election.
A mate of mine was confidently predicting to me that if the All Blacks lost, Prime Minister John Key was toast. I’ve heard this sort of crystal ball gazing in every election.
Labour will need a lot more than an All Black loss to dent Key’s chances of re-election.
They’d need our rugby team knocked out in the first round; followed by mayhem on a scale of this week’s English riots; unemployment to soar past 10 per cent; and interest rates to go through the roof.
Even then I suspect none of it would stick to Key.
So before the World Cup drowns out politics, I thought it might be interesting to analyse the chances of each of the political teams.
National: The only question is whether they can rule alone or will need a coalition partner.Anything less than 46 per cent of the vote will be seen as a defeat for Key. If he gets more than 50 per cent he’s the new Keith Holyoake and will remain Prime Minister for as long as he likes.