Written By: - Date published: 9:49 am, November 23rd, 2016 - 48 comments
Categories: john key, Minister for Photo-ops, Politics, slippery, the praiseworthy and the pitiful, you couldn't make this shit up - Tags: michael wood, mt roskill by election, parmjeet parmar
I get the impression that the Mt Roskill by election is not going well for National.
The seat should be in play. Last election Labour lost the party vote to National by 2,200. Sure Goff won the electorate vote by over 8,000 but this was based on extended service to the local people over many years and loyalty felt by locals for their long term representative.
But National has run such a mean spirited negative shambolic campaign that its chances must be slipping.
There was the incident where Parmjeet Parmar’s husband abused Labour candidate Michael Wood’s wife publicly at a campaign meeting and National Party operatives then tried to accuse Wood of committing an assault which video evidence clearly showed did not occur.
Then there were the school visits where National wanted to parade Key and Parmar around a couple of Mt Roskill schools. The problem was however that National’s research for the visit was that poor it did not pick up that Wood was the chair of the board of trustees for one of the schools. His request for a meeting with them so they could explain the cut in operational budgets for local schools was declined.
Since then Key has gone missing and is nowhere to be seen. Contrary to previous practice the billboards do not feature him and have Parmar’s face only on them.
And this recent mass mailout was signed by party president Peter Goodfellow and did not mention Key once.
Something strange is going on. It looks like Key does not want to have anything to do with Parmjeet’s campaign and just like in Melissa Lee’s Mt Albert campaign in 2009 is distancing himself from it.