It’s been more than a week since I last posted…that sounds like a Catholic confession…and a lot has happened.

Labour made a great and probably successful effort at losing the election via one small innocent act – four women MPs and a bad song to the tune of Kenny Rogers “The Gambler”. This has provided the main TV networks with perfect fodder – I have seen this clip countless times. Ruth Dyson is tuneless and out of time, Maryann Street is half hearted in her rendition, and I don’t know who the others are, although I suspect one is Steve Chadwick.

The link is here if you want to see it in it’s entirety. The Long Playing version is worse than the 45…

YouTube - The Labour Party and The Gambler

The same person who posted The Gambler video (a young Nat perhaps) had the time to edit and upload the “DON’T VOTE LABOUR” video shown below.

YouTube - Mike Williams telling fibs

Mike Williams protestation to Guyon Espiner that he didn’t say “That’s a bloody good idea” flies in the incontrovertible truth that he DID say “That’s a bloody good idea”. It’s unfortunate that this blunder happened at the same conference that The Gambler headlined at.

The public, despite these shenanigans, are confused about who they like.

Sunday night TVNZ released a poll showing Labour had dropped support, and National had gained, despite the FTA with China.

National – 54%
Labour – 35%

and preferred Prime Minister:

John Key – 35%
Helen Clark – 29%

TV3 on the other hand, and on the other channel, showed the gap had closed between Labour and National

Labour – 38% (up 3)
National – 48% (down 3)

and preferred Prime Minister:

John Key – 29% (down 6)
Helen Clark – 32% (up 4)

Of course each of these polls were conducted around and during that fateful Labour Party Congress. If the behaviour and policy of parties takes a couple of weeks to resonate with the public it’ll be interesting to see the results next time.

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