Annette King was Police Minister at the time, as I'm sure you know, you awful troll you.
Very interesting graph. Got any others?
I must admit my appetite for writing a guest post on what it's like to do doorknocking has waned :-/
Thanks f0r the nice words, Deborah. Back atcha.
, it would seem that not only might the two of you have played a role in putting James’s up to this, but that you are also certainly facilitators.
Nope. Had no idea this was in the works and the first I knew was via Twitter. It was actually slightly annoying as it undercut a rant I had at a caucus member about getting their shit together the day before.
However, obviously I have bonded with James after months of working together. Corroborating claims which have been questioned is something I feel obliged to do.
That implies that they were all still Party-Voting Labour in 2011 when the Party was led by Goff.
I think they stayed home then too. That's a premise I don't maintain (though James might).
He could have chipped in with the benefits of multiculturalism.
Oh get bent ya racist twat.
We should have done better on PV! We certainly tried. And, incidentally, when the specials come in, we'll probably equal 2011. But my party vote target was 10,000, ie getting back up to the levels before 2008. You certainly don't campaign in a safe National seat with any other intention than party vote turnout (at least not if you don't want to waste your money and time).
Anyway, our goal turned out to be a level nobody reached anywhere that I know of (that is, getting up to 2008 level or higher). The plan was to get people who didn't turn out in 2011 to do so, and we failed at that.
Bear in mind that my only previous personal cavassing experience was in the Chch East by-election -- it was quite shocking to understand how much people talk about voting for Key, or voting for Winstone, or whatever, as opposed to issues or policy. Leadership turns out to be super-important.
FWIW, the biggest negatives I got canvassing apart from DC were the super age policy (which is hard for me to defend because I don't agree with it either) and inchoate moaning about the man-ban thing (recall I've argued strongly in favour of those rules right here on PA). But they trailed.
the deliberate subversion of the campaign by various members of the Parliamentary and Extra-Parliamentary wings of the ABC faction, followed by various ABC MPs campaigning solely for the Candidate Vote.
Apart from Cosgrove, whose non-Labour campaign was outrageous, who else are you thinking of?
if the great strategy is “wait until the peasants come to Jesus after everything turns to shit custard” then Labour doesn’t deserve to govern.
I agree. Still, the environment your stragey is deployed in matters.