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Labour supporters anticipate defeat at Basin

Nov 26th, 2011 | By | Category: Latest News, News

By Callum Valentine, Anna Williams and Zamzam Aden

AT TWENTY past seven, Annette King falls off the wall of Labour’s Wellington headquarters inside the Basin Reserve. 

The sign just happened to become unstuck, but it is symptomatic of the losing battle that the party faces this election night.

A sense of grim exhaustion hangs over the Labour HQ, where volunteers and supporters have gathered together to celebrate the end of their campaign.

Just like the matches played over on the hallowed cricket ground of the reserve, tonight there will only be one clear winner.

Labour supporters talked to by NewsWire are reticent about the fact that tonight the points are not on the board for their team.

A family of Labour supporters

Labour Party volunteer Ella Hardy is worried about the future.

“I’m worried about employment most of all,” says the young Labour supporter.

“There is no future for young people without jobs.”

Wellington Central’s sitting Labour MP Grant Robertson is more optimistic than many of the volunteers gathered in the Basin’s long room.

“I am very optimistic that we will win,” Mr Robertson says.

“I think we are in for an uncertain night. National doesn’t have many coalition partners.”

Mr Robertson says this campaign has been one of issues, and he has been very pleased with the way Labour has performed.

Unemployed English language teacher Vaughn Little is most worried about the ideology National would bring if it gets back into power.

“ACC is world renowned, but National wants to sell the best bits. They are just running on ideology, and when you run by ideology you do stupid things.”

The teacher has been unable to find work in New Zealand since he returned from China, and spent today helping out Labour’s campaign, getting voters to polling places around Wellington.

Other supporters were more lively, but still realistic about Labour’s inevitable defeat.

Victoria University political science student Josh Wright is hoping for “some sort of miracle”.

Mr Wright went along to the Labour party HQ with friends to watch the results pour in.

“It’s not going well, but we were expecting that,” he says.

“Based on the polls, I hoped for some small rewards, like John Banks losing Epsom.”

Second year Victoria University political science students Emily Reid, Romana Vella and Josh Wright

GOOD FEELING: Wellington Central’s sitting Labour MP Grant Robertson is optimistic.

 

FLAWED IDEOLOGY: English language teacher Vaughn Little worries about National getting into power.

 

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