Pascal’s Bookie dug up this classic in the comments:
Congratulations…. You always knew that politics would be exciting, but I guess that neither of us thought that it would get quite this exciting quite so soon.
Don, I wish you all the very best I am confident of your capacity to lead National and ultimately the country. And I have no doubt that the country needs the kind of clear, radical leadership that I am sure you are keen to bring.
I’m less certain that the country yet appreciates that need. The task now is to build the case for change without either alienating the electorate or so compromising your manifesto that the mandate you ultimately secure isn’t worth having. This is by no means an easy and certainly not a quick task.
Kindest regards always, David C.*
That’s David Caygill, the “former Labour cabinet minister” Brash is using to make out like his 2025 Taskforce isn’t just a bunch of discredited New Right ideologues unable to move beyond the failed policies of the 80s and 90s.
Really, Don, you’ll have to try harder than that.
Speaking of which, who else thinks Key should recognise his 2025 Taskforce is a fiasco and a waste of taxpayers’ money, sack the lot of them and start again?
We already know what Brash and Caygill think, they’ve been saying the same thing for 25 years. Let’s hear from some different voices for a change, hell, we might even get some ideas we can actually use.
* The Hollow Men, page 55.