National and Mana had their campaign launches yesterday.
Mana’s launch was problematic. KDC hinted that he may or may not be @whaledump and of course the media became excited. Who can blame them? Then Pam Corkery said a few things and became part of the story and both TV stations featured her in their lead stories. Memo to Pam, media advisers should never ever be part of the story and if the cameras are rolling do not say anything. But the presentation of the story was something of a beat up and did manage to avoid focus on IMP’s policies which deserve serious consideration. Full employment as a policy is a laudable goal.
National had its John Key love in launch. It was predictable. An ill thought through Labour lite policy was its headline. It is a shame that the policy will probably benefit property speculators rather than young people wanting to get onto the property ladder but what else could we expect?
The media spoilt for National what may have been a really good day otherwise by asking John Key more questions about Dirty Politics. His response was that everyone had engaged in a “good chew” of the issue over the past ten days. The only word that Key has uttered of significance about Collins’ behaviour is “unwise” and it is hard to consider this as being a good chew unless like everything else surrounding this story the meaning of simple English has changed.
And in what appears to be the start of a pattern this morning John Key cut short an interview with Suzy Ferguson on Morning Report rather than answer questions on Dirty Politics. At least Suzy tried. On TVOne’s breakfast show this morning the issue was studiously ignored.
I appreciate that Key does not want to answer these questions. He would prefer that the subject went away. But he is the Prime Minister and his Government has engaged in some pretty shifty behaviour and he should answer these questions. After all it is pretty clear that taxpayer’s resources have been used. The Taxpayer’s Union should be apoplectic about what our money has been used for. The fact that they are not speaks volumes about their political make up rather than their dedication to frugal Government.
So here are a few questions that I and others would really like John to answer:
I am sure there are many other questions that Standardistas and the media may have.
John has admitted that he reads the Standard. I look forward to his answering these questions because they go directly to the issue of his fitness to be our Prime Minister.