Referendum imbalance

Voting in the asset sale referendum closes this Saturday. So far about 1.2 million votes have been returned.

There has been a major imbalance in promotion, all No and no Yes. One side wants to make something big out of it, the other side wants to bury it.

The result is widely expected to strongly favour the No vote. This is partly because opinion generally leans that way.

And the Green and Labour parties are very actively campaigning for a No vote. They are treating it like a mini election, with hoardings, advertising, direct promotion from MPs and extensive social media campaigning. This is backed by left leaning blogs.

In contrast virtually no one is promoting the Yes vote. It is seen as futile.

Knowing they will ‘win’ easily the No promoters are trying to make a victory out the number of votes they can get. They are targeting a vote in excess of the number of votes National got in the last election – 1,058,636.

If they achieve this they will claim that National didn’t have a mandate to part sell the assets. But it will be too late, most of the sales programme is complete.

And everyone knows the referendum will be ignored by the Government. Timed leading into Christmas and the holidays National no doubt hope the referendum will quickly be forgotten. Greens and Labour will try to extend their campaign into election year and the expected Genesis float will give them something to campaign around, but by the time next year’s election campaign kicks off asset sales are likey to be just history.

Unless Labour campaigns with the Green proposal to buy back assets. Would that be an election winner? Or flogging a dead horse?

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  1. Ernest Stewart

     /  11th December 2013

    The problem I have with all of this is that most of the Labour and Green members have not owned their own business and don’t fully understand how things run. Their answer to everything is just borrow more money and all the problems like Christchurch will run away isn’t just smart thinking aye.
    The Greens keep on going on about the drilling for oil on our shores, well why not get something from it while we can get something because when there is a world wide shortage of these things do you really think that they will ask if they can have some of it I don’t think so they will just come and take it and we wont get a thing from it and we will be powerless to stop them.
    If you think thin the good old USA will be there to help xxxxx they will most likely be the the first in line.
    New Zealand is only one bad election or bad decision from going broke like the rest of them, so tighten up New Zealand and think about the future who is going to help us when we need it while we are running around the world trying to be everyone else’s hero.


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