Labour’s margin in its former stronghold seat Mt Albert has shrunk a further two votes after a judicial recount.
The result of the recount was announced this afternoon through the Auckland District Court.
The seat, held by former Labour prime ministers Michael Joseph Savage, Helen Clark and Jacinda Ardern, held a margin of more than 21,000 in 2020 and more than 15,000 in 2017.
On preliminary results, Labour’s Helen White retained the seat for Labour with a 106 vote margin. After special votes were counted, that shrunk to just 20 votes.
A judicial recount was called by closest rival, National’s Melissa Lee, and the margin between the two is now just 18 votes.
Labour candidates have beaten Melissa Lee by an average margin of more than 12,500 votes since she first began contesting the seat in 2009.
I don’t want to spend much of this blog giving shit to Helen White.
I don’t want to focus on her undeserved smugness and arrogant comments, or her entitlement or her condescendence or her smugness.
So much smugness.
I don’t want to focus on that.
Because at this point it’s just kicking someone who can’t get up, and there is no sport or mana in that, but beyond the schadenfreude of watching an unaware middle class Karen gasp at any suggestion she isn’t Gods gift to voters is the naked reality that this result in Mt Albert is a possible death blow to Labour.
The working classes didn’t bother voting in Auckland (although after Specials, Arena Williams did far better in Manurewa) but neither did the middle class suburbs.
The original middle class Christian based suburbs of Auckland who intellectually argued expressed Christianity required a state that took care of the people generated some of Labour’s greatest leaders.
These middle class voters intellectually walked away from Labour after Chippy’s disastrous Captain’s Call to dump a Capital Gains Tax and a Wealth Tax.
Mt Albert’s disastrous result shows Labour have lost their intellectual muscle and it has been reasoned over to the Greens.
This is a disaster strategy for Labour that could create a terminal blow to Labour’s generator of future leaders with intellectual grunt.
Labour not only kept the working classes at home thanks to their incremental nothings but they convinced the middle classes to vote Green!
Labour’s disastrous campaign managed to expose deep problems for the Party that a once over lightly report from hand picked party mandarins won’t answer.
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