I/S rants about Labour’s lastest breach of the Electoral Act. Just to add to what he says, I think (non-empirical statement coming up: if I was a political columnist I’d write ‘some say’ or ‘most New Zealanders think’) that if you asked the public why Labour is unpopular then part of the answer would involve a perception of Labour as an unethical, sleazy party (built up by years of scandals like the repeated funding/election spending rorts, Chris Carter, Shane Jones, Phillip-Field, support for Winston Peters, etc). But I also think that if you suggested to Labour MPs or supporters that their party was sleazy or unethical they would be genuinely shocked, because they see themselves as ‘the good guys’ – and they’d attempt to litigate each of the examples I made above (‘it’s the mainstream media’s fault for reporting it! And what about Double Dipton Bill English?’) With the counter-intuitive result that they continue to behave unethically – damaging the integrity of the Labour Party brand and further alienating voters – while still considering themselves highly ethical, and refusing to even acknowledge any of the damage these scandals have caused them. (Because they didn’t really happen, because Labour is so ethical.)
He's dead right is Danyl. Labour's patronising "we know what's good for you" attitude, and the party's refusal to accept responsibility for anything (with the possible exception of 17 state asset sales) is what has turned the electorate away from what was once a political titan.
It's sackcloth and ashes time Labour; take your licks, ask for forgiveness and move on; or risk annihilation on 26 November. Even your friends don't like you any more!