David Cunliffe should forget about fretting over his red scarf and start worrying about the black tracksuit.
Yes, Kim Dotcom’s black tracksuit is all over the political scene once again – and Cunliffe is running scared, refusing to rule Internet-Mana out even though voters think he should.
Internet-Mana is on the rise big-time and the Dotcom-boom is hurting Labour.
Cunliffe has left the door open to Labour working with Internet-Mana to form as Government. But the latest 3 News-Reid Research poll shows a majority of voters want Labour to rule them out.
Voters were asked:
Should Labour work with Internet Mana to form a Government?
- NO, rule them out: 59 percent
- YES, work with them: 29 percent
- Don’t know: 12 percent
Even a majority of Labour voters want Cunliffe to rule out a coalition with Internet-Mana.
- NO, rule them out: 47%
- YES, work with them: 40%
- Don’t know: 13%
A lot of Labour supporters would rather Labour lose, than have Dotcom having his proxies in the Government.
So the rise of Internet-Mana has created a big problem for Labour. Dotcom and Harawira are love-hate figures.
The reality is, with centre voters, they are probably more hated than loved.
There are lots of centre voters who don’t like Dotcom and lots who don’t like Harawira and a fairly decent core who don’t like both of them. The refusal to rule out Internet-Mana is hurting Labour with centre voters.
Hone Harawira, Annette Sykes, Laila Harre. Kim Dotcom and John Minto. It’s enough to send a lot of people running.
Cunliffe’s refusal to rule them out just gives them further credibility and as it rises, Internet-Mana will probably end up taking votes off Labour too.
As its own popularity falls, Labour cannot do without Internet-Mana’s numbers.
That’s why Cunliffe is scared of Internet Mana – he’s too scared to rule them out.
The rise of Internet-Mana tells us a lot about the fall of Labour.
If the result is that Labour is in a position to form a Government with the Greens, NZ First and Internet-Mana, it will be fascinating to observe!
Political commentator David Farrar posts at Kiwiblog.