Post by Crash Post by Rich80105 Post by Ras
This is just yet another "born to rule", "I know better than the
experts" stupid National MP. Having won his seat with only 38.3% of
the votes, a normal person would be a bit more careful - only 1400
ahead of peters, while Labour and the Greens took out over 10,000
votes. All it would take for King to lose is a small general swing or
one of the three governmetn parties to step aside.
Perhaps he knows he is on borrowed time and was just ''big-noting''
while he had the chance. Go join Aaron Gilmore, Matt King . . .
Rich this shows how much you know about the Northland electorate.
While Kings comments were indeed out of line, he knows far better than
you the mood of the electorate - he is a popular local MP clearly
cementing his local popularity with his questioning of the vigilante
roadblocks set up in the electorate during the lock-down.
I have no problem with him questioning the roadblocks, or having an
opinion that physical distancing rules are stupid, but for a
representative of a party that espouses compliance with the rule of
law to wilfully disregard a rule, and to involve staff at a retarant
in setting such a poor example, and in his response to this being
pointed out to him, you are indeed correct that he is out of line, and
that is what I was referring to.
Post by Crash
In 2017, Peters was the sitting MP. Now he is seen by many as having
abandoned the electorate because he is never here, and only ever took
an interest in it because of the strategic value of Northland to NZF
taking a seat off National in a by-election (2015). He has family
connections to the electorate but no long-standing personal
commitment. NZF is still to win this seat in a general election.
King, on the other hand, is a local. With no credible NZF candidate
(there were none in 2008, 2011 and 2014) King may well top 50% of the
As far as Northland feeling "abandoned" by Winston Peters, he was
perhaps sending a signal by being photographed fishing from the back
lawn of his residence in the electorate. I also understand some felt
''abandoned"" by the then National Party Transport Minister regarding
the 'ten bridges' pledge, and by the previous National MP for the
electorate. I have no idea whether NZ First will stand in the
electorate - Winston must surely retire at some stage!, but the votes
at the last election were:
Matt King (National) 15243
Winston Peters (NZ First) 13854
Willow-Jean Prime (Lab) 8599
Peter Hughes (Green) 1794
How confident of being re-elected do you think Matt King can be at
this time? - especially if one or two of Labour, NZ First and Green do
not stand a candidate in the electorate? 38% of electorate votes last
time does not make the electorate a safe National seat.
Post by Crash
Perhaps you might take a look at how well Labour have done before
commenting further about threats to National in this seat
I had looked at previous results - but you may well be correct; if
Northland wants a larrikin who does not sow any great care for the
safety of restaurant workers, who are we to argue with them?
And if NZ First did decide to stand again, and Labour decided to ''do
an Epsom" and have a candidate campaign only for list votes, what do
you think woulld happen?