After an more awful than usual week Labour are left in an even weaker position three months out from the election.
Calls for David Cunliffe to resign were overblown. His latest supposed sins were minor at the most. But his and Labour’s competence at dealing with awkward situations again failed.
There was no compelling reason for Cunliffe to resign and there is no one in the Labour line-up who looks like they could do any better. And with an opportunity delivered this week no one else from Labour was prepared to step up.
So it looks like Labour will continue as they are. But the electoral outlook is looking bleak. Two polls this week in the twenties (23% and 28%) are a strong sign that voters don’t think Labour are up to governing or are putting any voting decision on hold pending the campaign.
If Cunliffe and Labour keep lurching from mediocre to manky the party and it’s candidate’s will be in little other than survival mode.
The well organised Greens are as prepared and hungry for power as they’ve ever been but they need a strong Labour to help them achieve their goal and that’s looking increasingly unlikely. Labour have cold shouldered them.
Internet-MANA wanted Labour to work together to oust National but Labour don’t appear interested in any accommodations their either.
Perhaps Labour had already resigned themselves to self interested survival. If not that surely is their main election target now.
Electorate MPs will be putting their main focus on retaining their seats.
List MPs will be very uneasy regardless of where they will be positioned. If the Labour vote collapses as the polls suggest could happen few if any list candidates may survive the election.
This is why candidates like Kelvin Davis will be targeting electorate as win at any cost regardless of the effect on potential support partners.
While it’s possible Cunliffe will suddenly find a way of appealing – that will take major changes – and while it’s possible National will make major mistakes and while it’s possible the Labour caucus and the Labour campaign will suddenly look capable and competent none of this is looking likely at the moment.
Survival with as many MPs as possible will be of far more importance for sitting members than considering helping other parties.
One of the best thing they could do to change their fortunes is stop blaming everyone else for their own ineptness.
People don’t like voting for moaning losers.