Cunliffe is finding it hard to get votes. Why? I think because Key has dragged the Nats so far left Labour has nowhere to go but further left,and that isn’t really palatable to a lot of swinging voters.
So how does Cunliffe get votes? He capitalises on National’s ideological confusion. At the moment Nat supporters are so befuddled by John Key that they’ll support any silly idea if they perceive it as backing Key, or showing loyalty to the party. No matter how left wing that idea may be. The Nats under Key are hopelessly ideologically lost.
If you look at the political map, there’s not really anywhere to go for Labour. Unless they adopt an old and tried battlefield strategy and try to outflank the enemy. How? They attack National’s Archille’s heel. What Cunliffe should do is:
- Divorce himself completely from the Greens and recant any interest in environmentalism. The Greens are anti-Labour. They don’t want to make things or do anything that provides jobs for workers. Across the West, the Greens are killing jobs and investment, and therefore employment, and this is the angle Cunliffe should take when he turns his back on them.
- Divorce himself from any Maori cause and advocate for the abolition of the Maori seats. This is a chord that will resonate with so many NZers and it will bring in a big swag of votes from people fed up with the looting of the public purse carried out by the “Maori” or those traveling on the “Treaty of Waitangi” gravy train.
These two points will pull the rug out from under National, who are right now held captive by Nick Smith’s Blue Greens, and the Maori Party. Votes would begin to flow to Cunliffe if he adopted this strategy. (At the least it can’t give him any worse result than what he’s trying now. IOW. what’s Cunliffe got to lose)
“What is the benefit in having Cunliffe as PM?” I hear you ask. Not much unless he adopts the above two strategies. Because what it then does is forces National back to a more identifiable political position.
If Cunliffe wins on those strategies, Key will be dumped or resign as Nats leader and any replacement will be forced right if they want to compete with Labour. Hopefully the first step in returning National to its founding principles and unseating the John Key/ Cameron Slater Progressive faction that now controls it.
Does this scenario suggest a better solution than the previous post? Only one term of Labour and a revitalised National if things work out OK. 🙂