Emperor’s new clothes

Written By: - Date published: 5:56 pm, September 25th, 2007 - 3 comments
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From Colin Espiner’s blog, his comments on English’s “gaffe” about privatisation:

One of the problems of being a party without any policies is that when the leadership so much as raises a suggestion of what the party might do, it is scutinised within an inch of its life, as opponents and the media try to figure out what it might mean.

National has been doing just fine in the polls without saying anything much at all, and doesn’t see why it should spoil this by saying something the public doesn’t like.

But this is only going to work for so long. It leads to issues like English’s gaffe on state asset sales and puts questions in voters’ minds as to exactly what National is planning, since it won’t tell us.

3 comments on “Emperor’s new clothes”

  1. ahod 1

    There will be a day when the high ranking Opposition MP’s will stop smiling so much in their interviews as their brains are forced to remember the information they found in their stolen diary of Aunty Helen’s, which they re-wrote in blue ink to somehow show it off as National wording. Suddenly the questions will come at them, and they’ll notice a drop in the polls; and then what will happen? John Key will awkwardly attempt to enter a go kart, and then a year later an orange tied National MP will emerge to announce that he has been elected to lead the National party to victory in 2011. The cycle will continue as the country has passed its right-wing kidney-stone.

  2. Robert Owen 2

    what he said

  3. all_your_base 3

    What amazes me is that the press gallery seem to have come under the spell of National’s reality distortion field. The Nats may have changed their leader but behind that they’re the same old party with the same old faces and same old policies.

    Lockwood Smith. Murry McCully. Bill English. Tony Ryall. Maurice Williamson. There’s nothing new about them except a wealthy leader with a big smile and an empty head.

    Dress it up any way you like but the public will see through it eventually. In fact it may have started already: http://www.thestandard.org.nz/?p=234

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