Only Andrew Little believes he doesn’t want the voters in the centre

Political commentator Peter Wilson opines

Little, in a confusing way, is trying to avoid having any labels pasted onto his party.

The government is trying to do that, using glue called MOU.

The memorandum of understanding, or co-operation agreement, between Labour and the Greens is being used to claim a defeat for National next year would put an extreme left-wing government into power.

“If you vote Labour you get Green Party policies,” says Prime Minister John Key.

“They’re joined at the hip, before and after the election.”

These are gross exaggerations but the message is easily understood, and it will be hammered into the heads of voters during the election campaign.

Not sure if it is fair to say it is a gross exaggeration. ?Labour will not be able to govern without the Greens, and the Greens will want around a third of the cabinet posts. ?

Labour must avoid being tagged in that way, which is why Little is so loathe to talk about the left or the centre.

So he’s defaulted to “middle New Zealand”, which means the same thing as the centre.

Unfortunately, in doing so he dismissed the opinion of Labour’s most successful prime minister of modern times.

Clark was stating the obvious. To win 50 per cent of the vote, parties or coalitions must reach into the centre because that’s where most of those voters are.

Peter Dunne, who has been around a long time and does know where the centre is, says no New Zealand government, single or multi-party, pre or post-MMP, has ever been elected without winning it.

Dunne agrees with Little’s idea of drawing together a “coalition of constituencies” such as low and middle-income Kiwis concerned about housing and those in the business sector who aren’t satisfied with the government’s efforts to grow the economy.

“But he is wrong to assume he alone can put them together without the glue of the centre ground,” said Dunne.


There is a real taste for Dunne to be dispatched. ?His political prostitution is well and truly old and stale.


– Peter Wilson, NZN, via Yahoo! News