Spot the fresh faces

The Labour Party has used its list for the 2011 election to introduce an element of play to the political scene.

They’ve come up with a game called Spot the Fresh Faces.

If you look really hard at the list you’ll find the odd one but Kiwiblog’s worked out the vote needed before they enter parliament.

Former president Andrew Little at 15 on the list would enter parliament if Labour gets 22% of the vote and Deborah Mahuta-Coyle at 26 would become an MP if the party gains 30% of the vote.

Six places further down is Michael Wood who would gain a list seat if the party gets 32% of the vote which is around where its been polling for months.

That is assuming Labour holds the electorates it has and doesn’t win any more.

The various factions which hold sway in Labour make ranking the list a bit more complicated than with other parties. But part of the blame for the stale look to the list rests with some of the longer serving MPs who haven’t recognised they’ve passed their best-by dates.

Unless the party manages to do a lot better than it has in the polls (even last night’s  One News Culmar Brunton poll which showed a small gain) there won’t be many fresh faces to spot in caucus after the election.

4 Responses to Spot the fresh faces

  1. Bearhunter says:

    Nice to see Double Dipton doing his damnedest to get even more Labour MPs back in with his lovely boast to Australian business about how cheap our workforce is. You stay classy Bill.


  2. homepaddock says:

    He was stating the obvious – wages are lower here. That can be used as an advantage in the short term to encourage investment here.

    More investment will improve economic growth which will lead to higher wages.


  3. Cadwallader says:

    How much difference is there actually in income between Australia and NZ? I for one maintain that being self-employed in NZ has far preferable returns than income derived from smaller businesses in Australia. I acknowledge that this is a very wide generalisation but it is one my NZ accountant has debated strenuously with the Australain accountant my wife and I retain there. I suppose I am insisting we compare apples with apples!


  4. homepaddock says:

    It’s difficult to compare apples with apples because of different taxes, red tape and “free” services.


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