After Chris Carter blindsided Labour yesterday, Phil Goff needed some good news. And as DPF reports over at Kiwiblog, he got it via the Herald's latest political poll. At last his stocks are rising. The gap between him and Helen Clark has almost closed!
Seriously though, Goff has problems. John Key is up three points to 58% as Preferred Prime Minister whilst Goff languishes in single digits. Labour has closed the gap on National to 22 percentage points (56% to 34%), but the Herald reports that NONE of the other parties reach the 5% threshhold, and on the basis of this poll, National could govern alone.
We reckon that even this far out from the 2011 election we can predict the demise of the Jeanette Fitzsimons-less Greens. They've lost any semblance of a moderate element now, and quite frankly, they scare the horses too much. We will say right now that the Greens are gone-burger, and not even the arrival in the House of a Ronald McDonald impersonator will save them.
Oh yes; we've just bought the latest North and South, where Guyon Espiner is priming Shane Jones for a tilt at Labour's leadership - poor Phil!