Election 2023 Amelia Wade analysis: National looks increasingly desperate, panicky with conspiratorial press release

ANALYSIS: National and Labour both served up major slams on each other on Wednesday. 

Newshub understands Labour's polling shows National's numbers are coming down and that they're now hanging around the mid-30s. 

They're consistently showing National will need to call on New Zealand First to form a Government. That clearly has National spooked. 

The Council of Trade Unions - a Labour ally - also claimed on Wednesday that National's maximum tax cut offering would only benefit about 3000 households. 

Newshub sent the analysis to the National Party in good faith so they had adequate information to respond to our query, but instead of responding with any substance, National panicked and fired off a conspiratorial press release pinning it on Labour.

The people who prepared the numbers used to work for Labour but haven't for years.

National is looking increasingly desperate, panicking and unable to answer very simple questions about their own policy.

Amelia Wade is a Newshub senior political reporter.