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Nats’ election strategy – all about Key

Written By: - Date published: 11:21 am, June 16th, 2011 - 28 comments
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National’s election strategy is pretty much fully-laid out. It shows that National is very much dependent on Brand Key. The Budget is their economic vision, or rather lack of vision. The rapid-fire release of major policies following the Budget laid out the rest of the platform, and show National doesn’t believe its policies are vote-winners.

If they thought that their policies were vote winners they would have given them some decent airtime. Instead, they slammed them all out in a couple of days right in the shadow of the Budget – benefit cuts, attacks on workers’ rights, asset sales, Kiwisaver cuts, service cuts. They are already largely forgotten. And that’s the objective.

The platform out, National is now trying to tell us what a great guy John Key is. He has had puff pieces in the North and South and the Dom this week, not to mention the excruciating Plunket hearts Key interview on The Nation.

Expect much more of these media appearances and for Key to take little ownership of National’s policies.

National will try as hard as possible not to talk about substance this election. None of its big policies are vote winners. Instead, it will try to convince us that a few policies we don’t like are worth it to keep “the Nice Man Mr Key” on as our smiling and waving leader.

It’s up to the Left to keep the focus on the stuff that matters.

28 comments on “Nats’ election strategy – all about Key”

  1. Peter 1

    I bit like Muldoon, trust me Kiwis I’ll do the thinking for you!

  2. freedom 2

    They want to pin their campaign on a guy who has already said he is going to quit if they lose?  Why would a reasonable person vote for someone with that sort of blatant disinterest in the future of New Zealand.

    • Colonial Viper 2.1

      Well this is a nice meme to repeat.

      “Key already has his CV up to date and ready to post. And he’s not interested in working in NZ” :)

    • Robb 2.2

      What did Helen do when labour lost the election last time round, dropped the seat she won plus the leadership of the party and headed off to the UN quick smart causing a bi-election. But let me guess that was different!

      • The Voice of Reason 2.2.1

        It’s not a guess, Robb, it actually is different. Most defeated PM’s usually shuffle off pretty quickly, Muldoon excepted. What they don’t usually do is announce before the election that if we ungrateful sods don’t vote for them they’ll scarper to Hawaii. It takes a fair bit of arrogance to do that.

        • queenstfarmer 2.2.1.1

          It takes a fair bit of arrogance to do that.

          Or honesty. Everyone knew that Helen was off to the UN, which of course was true. Some might advocate playing charades, but I prefer the honest approach. It might cost some votes if mishandled, but you can’t say it’s hurt Key’s popularity.

          • The Voice of Reason 2.2.1.1.1

            “Everyone knew that Helen was off to the UN …”
             
            So why was it such a surprise when the announcement was made? And why weren’t the righty blogs trumpeting the ‘fact’ before the election?
             
            Key is occasionally honest, but usually only by mistake. ‘I’d love to see wages drop’ springs to mind. The rest of his pronouncements are bullshit, mumbo jumbo or meaningless stats. But, by all means keep hoping that Key remains as popular as ever. When National lose in November us lefties can enjoy a good laugh at how Key snatched defeat from the jaws of victory because the right’s only strategy was to hope his personal standing would triumph over the growing dislike of the Government he leads.
             
            There are nine marginal seats that Labour can and likely will win back this November. Key is not the candidate in any of them, but nine lacklustre National MP’s are standing and the voters in those seats aren’t going to re-elect them just because Smiling John would like them to. I fully expect National to get a solid party vote, of course, but its the electorates that will see them off to the opposition benches. And Key off to Waikiki.
             
             

  3. tc 3

    More like trust me, I’ve had the hollow men do the thinking for everyone.

    Focus by the opposition on the likes of Crusher/Basher/Aya-Tolley/Browncoal/Wilko etc is one way (using the shadow portfolio MP’s not Goff) …..all incompetant with a wrecking ball approach to highlight the smiley wavey clown is an appropriate image as he’s fronting a circus.

    ChCh is tragic but yet again it’s highlighted how f’n useless gerrymander is as one example.

  4. randal 4

    looks very much like the C.R.E.E.P. has scuppered any chance of Shakey John Key returning tot he treasury benches.
    When they are made to answer for their crimes then he isnt going to look so good.

  5. Afewknowthetruth 5

    Spin doctors know that neuro-linguistic programming works extremely well on proles.

    Proles would vote for an inflatable doll if it was surrounded by slogans saying: Achieve. Together. A better, brighter future. Free beer ….

    ‘It’s up to the Left to keep the focus on the stuff that matters.’ Nice joke!!!

    The Left will do what they always do -run and hide at the mention of peak oil, population overshoot, acidification of the oceans, collapse of industrial society, abrupt climate change, the Sixth Great Extintion Event etc.

    Nowadays politics is all about who can keep the general populace deluded the longest.

  6. queenstfarmer 6

    Well why wouldn’t you focus on a guy who, according to polls, even Labour voters rate as preferred PM?

    • Draco T Bastard 6.1

      Well, the reason why they focus on Smile & Wave is because they don’t want people to think about and discuss their policies which seem to be pretty much designed to make NZ worse off.

  7. JS 7

    Been a few disasters under his reign. Voters could think he is jinxed.

  8. ianupnorth 8

    Watched an episode of ‘The Simpsons’ at the weekend, the one where Marge takes on Mayor Quimby – she is seen fronting a meeting and in order to get the crowd on her side she just keeps saying 9-11 – and they all behave like slaves to the message.
     
    Anyway, what are Key’s ‘messages’

    No nanny state
    Trust me, I came from a poor back ground
    I got rich, so can you!

    Problem is the lemmings believe him!!

    • DavidC 8.1

      or you could trust the other guy who says…
      Nanny state and we will tax you to death..
      Trust me ..I have never had a real job..
      The poor vote for me and I want you to be poor too!

      • ianupnorth 8.1.1

        Depends what you call Nanny State? Whilst we have a sizable portion of the population who endanger themselves with all manner of unhealthy activities you could say it is needed more than ever.
         
        Define – real job? Does being a currency trader for an international bank prepare an individual for a leadership role like PM? Or does having academic credibility and in depth knowledge prepare someone better?
         
        The poorer have got considerably poorer under key’s watch, oh, and the rich have got considerably richer!

  9. Peter Bains 9

    Imagine if the election was about Goff, Labour would poll 25%. The left are scared it will become a personality battle, if it does Goof is stuffed completely.
    Labour have dumb policies, GST off F&V, gee, I can see the average Chinese/Indian fruit shop dropping prices 15% across the board, Tui Billboard anyone. At least my truffles should be cheaper!

    • McFlock 9.1

      god forbid it becomes about policies. Or the economy. Have fun with smile and wave, troll.

    • Draco T Bastard 9.2

      When you choose your vote on Smile & Wave all you get is shafted as the people of NZ have been finding out over the last couple of years. BTW, it’s not a two horse race – we got rid of that undemocratic system nearly 20 years ago.

    • ianupnorth 9.3

      Look another lemming! (Peter Bains)

  10. Gazza 10

    KJT you should have included probably in your comment so you don’t get g_man on your case for not having proof of fact.
    Also Key may be the pollsters preferred Leader but you are always going to get that result with a loaded question.

  11. Gazza 11

    Labour have dumb policies, GST off F&V, gee, I can see the average Chinese/Indian fruit shop dropping prices 15% across the board,

    So Peter Bains advocates allowing Asian fruit sellers to rob us blind and ignore any law that tells them to reduce their price, good one!! exactly like a leeming follow his leader to the poverty cliff.
    As it is most go to the supermarkets for cheap products then double the price then add GST.and that is one problem I will have to admit has been allowed by both Labour & National to curry the votes.

  12. randal 12

    Key is a lightweight with a client base of rich jews in Miamai. he be out of here soon.

  13. freedom 13

    As the comments from certain Politicians this week have pissed me off most royally
    I propose this slogan for the General Election 2011

    ” STAND UP OR BEND OVER
    IT’S YOUR VOTE ! “

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    Auckland Council’s ban on using legal highs in a public place is an excellent idea that should be replicated around New Zealand, says Labour’s Associate Health Spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway. “Auckland Council has implemented a by-law banning the use of psychoactive...
    Labour | 17-04
  • Smith sells state P-houses to first home buyers
    Nick Smith must reassure worried first home buyers that any Housing NZ houses sold under his First Home policy will be tested for P contamination after revelations that three out of seven properties sold in Wanganui tested positive for methamphetamine,...
    Labour | 17-04
  • PM’s China visit assisted Oravida, not Fonterra
    Questions must now be asked whether it was Fonterra or Oravida who really benefited from the Prime Minister’s recent visit to China, Labour’s Primary Industries spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “Before his departure, John Key said he would wait until all...
    Labour | 16-04
  • New Zealand’s use of ozone depleting gases increases
    A new Government report highlights that the amount of ozone depleting gases New Zealand is using is increasing, the Green Party said today.The report tabled in Parliament yesterday shows that total use of ozone depleting gases in New Zealand has...
    Greens | 16-04
  • Manufacturing Upgrade
    Labour is determined to support and grow our manufacturing sector. These policies grew out of the findings of the 2013 Parliamentary Inquiry into Manufacturing.  ...
    Labour | 16-04
  • Collins must admit misleading Parliament
    ACC Minister Judith Collins must front up and admit she has misled Parliament over ACC’s policy to stop paying compensation to clients who refused to fill in its privacy form, Labour’s ACC spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway says. “Judith Collins claimed Labour...
    Labour | 16-04
  • English confirms he has no plan to raise wages
    Finance Minister Bill English has confirmed he has absolutely no plans to lift wages, Labour’s spokesperson on Labour Issues, Andrew Little says. “Bill English told the Chamber of Commerce yesterday that workers could expect a rise in average income of...
    Labour | 16-04
  • Govt careless and callous about threatened birds
    The National Government is increasing the threat to two of the world's most threatened and unique birds by opening up Victoria Forest Park to petroleum drilling, the Green Party said today.Scientists have recently published a ranking of the 100 most...
    Greens | 16-04
  • Genesis: The biggest fire sale of them all
    National has finished its asset sales with a massive bonfire of a fire sale, showing once and for all how much of a disaster this programme was, says Labour’s SOEs spokesperson Clayton Cosgrove. “Just 68,000 Kiwis bought shares in Genesis,...
    Labour | 16-04
  • Interest rates rise but only smokes increasing
    Mortgage rate rises are making life harder for homeowners, and many of them will be surprised the latest CPI figures show inflation would be zero were it not for tobacco tax hikes, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker. “New Zealanders...
    Labour | 16-04
  • Term One Report Card for Hekia Parata
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    Labour | 16-04
  • Hekia Parata kept exam book errors from schools
    Schools will be appalled to learn Education Minister Hekia Parata knew since January that hundreds of exam booklets had been returned to the wrong students but said nothing about it, Labour’s Education Spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “Exams are stressful enough...
    Labour | 15-04
  • What has ACC Minister been doing?
    The ACC Minister needs to front up and explain what, if any, changes she has made to the broken culture of ACC rather than denying that she has any part to play in the dysfunction of her Ministry, the Green...
    Greens | 15-04
  • Promise of jam tomorrow takes the cake
    A claim by Minister of Finance Bill English that average wages will climb by $7,500 over the next four years is a cynical promise of jam tomorrow by a government whose record on wage growth is atrocious, Labour spokesperson on...
    Labour | 15-04
  • Judith Collins has to