I read John Key’s criticism of Labour’s polling methods with a smiling interest. It’s not a good look is it, for a political party to phone up our good citizens of the blue and ask them a series of personal questions; especially when they maintain the guise of boni fide research company.
Rewind to 2002. I’m sitting in National Party HQ with a group of about 20 others, calling numbers from a list on behalf of National leader Bill English. But. We weren’t allowed to identify ourselves as the “National Party”. Instead, we were told to introduce ourselves as “Hi, this is Ms X calling on behalf of Gallagher Research, I was wondering if you would mind answering a series of questions…”
And I know that practice was continued well beyond then. The names of the companies changed, but the dishonesty continued.
I can understand why the Green volunteer dobbed the Labourites in, they were obviously principled. These days I consider myself too principled to support National, and I think John Key’s blatant hypocrisy needs to be exposed.
The Classical Liberal