A clear victory for MMP means we can now focus on the tweaking necessary to improve the system. My view is that a threshold reduction to 4% and an abolition of coat tailing are good debates to have. Could be but not necessarily linked.
I turned down an approach from the team pushing for change to support their badly run campaign. They knew I had supported FPP in the past, but were not aware that I had grown to accept MMP as a fairer system.
I’ve got a bit of shit from the right for my role in the Labour campaign. Fair enough.
But they didn’t cover themselves in glory either in fact major campaign losers were the crack team of Simon Lusk and Jordan Williams ably assisted by Whaleoil.
If there was a three strikes rule for political campaigners they would be jailed for life. As it is their fee quote must now be in almost two figures rather than the $30k they were previously quoting.
The record in just one election:
1. Destroyed Act by implementing hopeless coup.
2. Lost the MMP referendum they were running.
3. Winston back in off the Losers for Change publicity.
Oh Trevor. Suck it up; the public has no appetitie whatsoever for a Labour-led government, and you have just proved why. It's little wonder that National won the party vote in the Hutt South electorate by almost 2000 votes.
Until Labour takes some responsibility for its performance over the last three election campaigns, the nastiness, the name-calling and the negative campaigning, Labour has no future, irrespective of who the party choses to lead it in the House.
The likes of Trevor Mallard are relics from a bygone era, and the sooner Labour leaves that era and its personalities behind, the sooner that the party might again become credible. But if Labour continues to allow the likes of the bitter, twisted Trevor Mallard to be its public face via Red Alert and other social media, it will remain mired in the Opposition benches.