12 questions with Mallard

June 27th, 2013 at 2:00 pm by David Farrar

answers 12 questions in the NZ Herald.

3. Do you believe yesterday’s polls, which had Labour and David Shearer losing points against National?

Umm, well, polls are polls. They go up and down all over the place and they have a margin of error of plus or minus 3 or 4 per cent. On the basis of one individual poll I accept the volatility that moves them around. Having said that, I have been door-knocking in the Ikaroa- Rawhiti electorate for much of the past week and I’d be surprised if our candidate doesn’t get double the votes of the next person behind her.

That’s a ballsy prediction. Having said that, I don’t know anyone who thinks the Labour candidate won’t win. Mana are pushing a rumour that Labour polling has then only 5% behind but I doubt Labour shares its polling with Mana!

7. What’s your best door-knocking story?

During the Mana byelection a mother took me into her son’s room to enrol him and we found him playing some interactive porn game – with a joystick in each hand.

LOL, now that is funny. Poor bastard.

 

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11 Responses to “12 questions with Mallard”

  1. jaba (2,092 comments) says:

    I’m sure Trev could relate to what the guy was doing

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  2. Pete George (23,168 comments) says:

    Mana are pushing a rumour that Labour polling has then only 5% behind but I doubt Labour shares its polling with Mana!

    It’s not just Mana who’s claiming that:

    @MatthewHootonNZ

    Latest @NZLabour private polling shows mana within 5%!!of winning #IkaroaRawhiti
    @HoneHarawiraMP may have a mate in @NZParliament #nzpol

    Online polls (yeah, I know) are favouring Mana, and there’s quite a few people talking up Mana’s chances, maybe not to win but to embarrass Labour (and Maori Party and Greens).
    Morgan Godfrey:

    I’m suffering from cognitive dissonance. I know – I feel – that Meka’s going to win. The momentum is with Te Hamua, though.

    A defensive Labour media release:

    A recent series of polls placing Mana Party candidate for Ikaroa-Rāwhiti, Te Hamua Nikora, ahead in the by-election race are being dismissed by the Labour Māori Caucus.

    “None of the polls are representative of a cross section of Ikaroa-Rāwhiti voters and in fact, many of the voters who have participated in these polls live in urban centers like Auckland or overseas, so they are based on random samples,” says Māori Development spokesperson Hon. Nanaia Mahuta

    That was last week. Mana pushing Labour in Ikaroa-Rāwhiti by-election

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  3. alloytoo (457 comments) says:

    Mallard probably got a copy off the kid.

    Still it says something about Labour supporters.

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  4. James Stephenson (2,078 comments) says:

    I didn’t know Shane’s mum lived in Mana!

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  5. Redbaiter (7,865 comments) says:

    “a mother took me into her son’s room to enrol him and we found him playing some interactive porn game – with a joystick in each hand.”

    That kid will have a great future in the Labour Party.

    I dare say Shane Jones would be happy to mentor him.

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  6. peterwn (3,194 comments) says:

    Best door knocking story – IMO nothing beats one in 2008 where Stephen Franks banged on a door and came face to face with Heather Simpson.

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  7. gump (1,538 comments) says:

    I’ve never heard it called a joystick before…

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  8. RRM (9,606 comments) says:

    Presumably it was a scene reminiscent of this one:

    http://s3-ec.buzzfed.com/static/imagebuzz/terminal01/2010/4/1/18/3-invisible-dicks-23149-1270159242-22.jpg

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  9. CJPhoto (218 comments) says:

    What would you say when confronted with that?

    Probably just “Hi Shane”

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  10. rouppe (932 comments) says:

    I’d be surprised if our candidate doesn’t get double the votes of the next person behind her

    That isn’t the same as predicting the Labour candidate will win, just that they won’t be last….

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  11. Manolo (13,514 comments) says:

    How did the Huruld missed this one:
    13. When will you fuck off?

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