Wednesday, August 02, 2017

The Jacinda effect

What a difference a new leader makes. Since jacinda Ardern was elected leader, the party has raised $250,000 and gained over a thousand new volunteers:

The Labour Party has seen a serious boost in volunteer and financial support since Jacinda Ardern took over as leader.

In the 24 hours since the Mt Albert MP took the top job on Tuesday the party say they have received around $250,000 in donations - with a peak of $700 a minute in the hours just after she announced her leadership.

It wasn't just money - party general secretary Andrew Kirton said 1000 new volunteers had also got in touch.

That's what happens when you have a leader who makes voters go "yes!". Its what happens when you have a leader who takes no shit from moronic TV hosts, who tells them very clearly when they're being sexist arsehats. When you have someone people can actually feel enthusiastic about, rather than just go "meh".

Its early days yet, but from the initial reaction, National might actually have a fight on its hands.