The latest secret tape has come out and it’s a classic example of the face of the National Party that John Key doesn’t want you to see. Pro-war and anti-Obama.
National’s response? The classic “dirty tricks” misdirection. This is all about Labour apparently. Not that there’s any proof however. And not that it’s even likely to be Labour given how badly they usually handle this sort of thing.
I was pleased to see Duncan Garner didn’t fall for that misdirection and that he referred to it as a “line”. It was also interesting to see that Bill English refused an interview to explain himself (well not until the C|T crisis team make yet another flight across the ditch, I suspect).
Although Garner saw right through it I’ll be interested to see how other media react to National’s hackneyed “dirty tricks” line. Obviously Mike Williams’ cock-up won’t help but at the very least I would expect some kind of proof of Labour’s involvement in this to be provided by National before it’s accepted as gospel.
While they are at it they might be keen to ask for an explanation of the phrase “window dressing” in relation to the Iraq war. Because from here it seems National’s only answer to anything bad is to dress it up in spin and sell it to the “punters”? That’s certainly what they are trying to do with this.