Jun 21, 2008

Labour's Electoral Problem On Law And Order

We have been torn on whether we should post on this subject. We don't really like posting in this territory but is John Armstrong really suggesting that Labour is in trouble responding to the killing of Manurewa bottlestore owner Navtej Singh because

"The party relies on the party vote of Maori and Pacific Islanders in seats like Manurewa where those two groups make up more than half the electorate's population.
At the last election, three South Auckland electorates accounted for more than 6 per cent of Labour's total nationwide party vote. Labour's average party vote nationwide was about 13,500 an electorate.
In Manurewa, Manukau East and Mangere, it ranged from around 18,000 to nearly 21,000.
Labour will have a hard enough job getting those voters to the ballot box this time without dumping on them over crime."

We hope that this is not a factor in anyone's mind.