Tell her she's dreamin'

Labour has finally dredged up a candidate in Taupo three months out from the election. This is despite their campaign manager having tax payer funded dirty weekends in the electorate as the buddy MP, and it being a Labour held seat until 2008.

Mrs Campbell said she was “very optimistic” about her chances in Taupo.

“Where there is life there is hope,” she said. “I know my community and my community knows me. I am not ready to give up just yet.”

The dear old duck must have become a bit addled in her advanced years. Good on her for stepping up to take one for the team but her cause is a bit like the poor old diggers going over the top at Flanders, ultimately brave but completely futile. Louise Upston won the largest majority of any National MP taking a seat off Labour in 2008, winning by 6445 votes over Mark Burton.

It is my understanding that Louise is one of the hardest working electorate MPs in the country, and has built a very solid following in the electorate. Factor that in with the increased poll gap between National and Labour – ?11% in 2008, currently about 25% – and Taupo is a safe blue seat as long as Louise is the National Candidate.

Frances Campbell - Labour candidate in Taupo

Frances Campbell - Labour candidate in Taupo