Popularity of PMs

February 20th, 2012 at 1:00 pm by David Farrar

I blog a bit of context around the Preferred PM ratings at Stuff.

I also note that on the 3 News poll the CR would have 60 seats, the CL 60 seats and the Maori Party 3 seats. So they would get to choose the Government, and either way it would have a bare two seat majority.

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4 Responses to “Popularity of PMs”

  1. Joel Rowan (99 comments) says:

    I beg to differ – NZ First is a Broad Right grouping, they just don’t like to admit it. They are big-state capitalists. They are the Old Right conservatives. To characterise them as Left is a bit of a long bow to draw.

    But express that as current opposition versus current government, and you’ve got it. Maori could hold the “balance of power”, but I don’t think that means Labour could form a government.

    They would have to get Green to tolerate NZF, NZF to tolerate Green, Mana & Maori, Mana to tolerate Maori & NZF. That would be a very unstable coalition.

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  2. Redbaiter (8,039 comments) says:

    “David Farrar is a centre-right blogger affiliated to the National Party.”

    Never mind the context of the Preferred PM ratings. How about some context regarding the above description. David Farrar is a soft left political blogger firmly committed to most of the principles of Cultural Marxism that have ruined this country. How can such a politically compromised figure be expected to report objectively on what is right and what is left in NZ?

    John Key is of the same ilk. Surrounded by a coterie of soft left media “advisors”, he swings in the winds of popularity and has nothing like the strength and will of a Margaret Thatcher, whose courage and sincere rhetoric persuaded people to accept ideas that were previously considered off limits.

    Key will sink even lower because he stands for nothing except John Key. He and his boot licking soft left pro-separatism pro-global warming pro-UN “advisors” are apparently unaware of the ancient adage you can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but never all of the people all of the time.

    Key will be remembered as a weak persona who wasted his political capital preening himself in pursuit of the praise of the mainstream media, a progressive/ liberal group who are far removed in political sentiment from the man in the street.

    A great opportunity pissed up against the wall by a vain political novice.

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  3. ben (2,414 comments) says:

    Good grief, the commenters on Stuff are a pretty rabid lot.

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  4. Weihana (4,496 comments) says:

    Redbaiter,


    David Farrar is a soft left political blogger firmly committed to most of the principles of Cultural Marxism…

    John Key is of the same ilk…

    …far removed in political sentiment from the man in the street.

    Who is this “man in the street” you refer to? The type who stands on the street corner yelling about the Bible? The type who marches down the street yelling “enough is enough”? Is this the common man or just the common nut?

    For a political novice Key seems pretty popular. By what measure do you assess Key’s political nous if not his popularity?

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