National activist/advisor Matthew Hooton on Nine to Noon: â€˜the National Party leadership group is very sensitive about security. They look at the last election campaign that was lost on basically matters of security: the leak of the â€˜gone by lunchtime’ notes and the Brethren link.’
No. National lost because it had a secret agenda; not because leaks meant that secret agenda was exposed. If there was no secret agenda, National would not need to be so sensitive about security. If it didn’t have skeletons in the closet, National wouldn’t have to worry about keeping the door bolted.
Look at the Greens: they’re so open because they have nothing to hide. ACT: the same. Labour and Green MPs, including Ministers, have attended Drinking Liberally and talked quite openly to a room full of a hundred people, most of whom they have never met, about their personal politics and their desires for the future. No secret agenda is revealed by these frank remarks because what they say is perfectly consistent with the face they present to the public.
It is only National that gets paranoid about security and â€˜message control’, because only National has objectives it wishes to hide from the public.