The slight spike in support for Labour at the end of last year was attributed by many pundits to Shearer's butch routine with Cunliffe which supposedly stocked some sadistic streak in voters.
I thought that was a terrible misreading of Labour's increase. Labour had just promised 100 000 affordable houses for the children of the middle classes, if they couldn't go up a couple of points off the back of that, they should all retire now. Misreading that bump in support as voters enjoying Shearer's crucifixion of Cunliffe would be a blunder.
Home ownership is a burning issue, and yesterdays poll shows how much of a burning issue it is...
Housing plan a winner for Labour
The policy was just as popular outside the heated property market of Auckland, where the Government is developing housing in Hobsonville. Photo / Mark Mitchell The Labour Party housing policy for first-home buyers has struck a chord despite the Government's attempts to write it off as expensive and unrealistic.
Just over 70 per cent of the 500 respondents in the Herald-DigiPoll survey approved of Labour's promise to enter the housing market to build 100,000 low-cost homes over the next 10 years.
Just over one-quarter (26.7 per cent) of the respondents disapproved of the policy, which would see the Government become one of the biggest players in the property market.
...Labour need to focus on the issues if they can't have a leader who can articulate political vision. Home ownership is a hot button topic and the sooner Labour tacticians start seeing that, the better.
By 2014 voters will be over listening to Key tell them what Government can't do, they will want to hear what Government can do.
What is totally lacking here right now is the synergy required between Labour and the Auckland Supercity.
Labour need to build cheaper housing, Auckland Super City needs higher density housing. Why can't the two work together to start planning the building of 4 bedroom apartment blocks in the inner city? Large family apartments would create denser housing at a far lower cost.
Voters want solutions.