I watch a lot of sport, and in just about all the winter codes now, we see that American institution, cheerleaders. What they add to the game is debatable, but we seem stuck with them now. And how hard is it to be a cheerleader when your teamis getting flogged week in, week out?
Well, in today's Herald, we get a clue from John Armstrong, Labour's cheerleader at the "tory rag". With Labour on a five-poll losing streak, he is doing his best to keep his and their spirits up, but you get the impression that he doesn't really believe it - see what I mean: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/section/466/story.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=10507673&pnum=0
He says :
"Ministers talked of how Labour had lifted real household incomes, while stressing increased global commodity prices are beneficial to the New Zealand economy.
That was cold comfort to households where budgets are stretched by the combination of rising consumer prices and higher mortgage interest rates.
Neither development is Labour's fault. But Labour knows it will get the blame. If people think they are suffering a decline in their standard of living, it spells electoral death for the incumbent."
Sorry John. Labour has had eight-and-a-half years of a rapidly-growing economy to improve our standard of living. They haven't delivered. They promised tax cuts at the 2005 election. They haven't delivered. They promised open, honest and transparent government. They haven't delivered. That is why they are facing a tsunami of negative opinion - and all the cheerleading in the world won't change that!