Don’t ever underestimate a wounded National leader. John Key is smarting over his National Party Conference Speech.
What’s his problem? To begin, he’s not happy that few people, even the party faithful at conference, didn’t buy into his rewriting of New Zealand’s political history. Here’s a sample:
“Back in 1936, when Labour was concerned with nationalising the means of production and advancing socialism, the National Party was concerned with home ownership and standing up for wealth creation through a property-owning democracy”.
Imagine what those families, out of work and suffering during the great depression, would think of “standing up for wealth creation through a property-owning democracy”. Actually, they voted Labour for many more years in favour of jobs and a decent wage.
And here’s how Key opened his speech:
“I want to ask you a question. Why have we given up our weekend to gather here in Auckland? I’ll give you one reason. We’re sick of Labour telling us what to do. We’re sick of being told how to bring up our kids, what to put in school lunchboxes, and that we have to microchip our dogs. We’re sick of being told off for buying houses and for eating pies”.
If National put this stuff to music, it could be their campaign song.