I felt a pang of pity for Bill English tonight as I watched TV3 roll out another secret tape. After all, “winning is everything” isn’t an unusual sentiment in politics.
But when I considered the second part of his comment, “despite the highly principled statements”, my pity faded.
It’s one thing to engage in “win at any cost” bombast but to mock the “principled statements” you are making to the public, the very voters you want to have faith in you? That stinks of the “punterland” arrogance and disrespect toward the people they wished to govern the lives of shown by Brash and and his hollow men.
There will be a lot of misdirection about “dirty tricks” following the release of this tape but I would suggest that until National stops treating New Zealanders as stupid sheep to be conned with “principled statements” they should look to themselves and realise that how they got caught isn’t the dirty part of this debacle.
Even if they don’t have any respect for voters they should at least have some for themselves.