That's good Helen, you keep thinking that

Helen Clark thinks it is the smacking debate and a little bit of mid-term blues that is causing their shellacking in the polls.

Good. I hope she keeps thinking that way.

Clearly Labour thinks it has a little bit of a cold when in fact they have terminal case Avian Flu.

John Armstrong has an opinion on their problems as well.

[quote]To put it bluntly, Labour has only eight months to close the yawning polls gap which has opened between it and National.


If Labour is still trailing by even half as much by next February – when election-year politics begin in earnest – it will probably be too late.


Precedent suggests that if National's lead is entrenched at around 10 percentage points by then, it will be almost impossible for Labour to haul it back.[/quote]