In his blog, Colin Espiner asked: “But my question is this: National has known for months it was going to torpedo the tunnels. It knew this decision would kill its chances of winning Mt Albert. So why did no one tell Lee? And why did Key allow one of his new stars to stand in the first place?”
Simple. They planned to hold off the announcement if there looked like a chance of Lee winning. They decided (perhaps on polling) that there wasn’t a chance. In that equation, the Waterview announcement becomes a convenient excuse for Lee losing. They’re already running the line. They would have gotten away with it too, if it hadn’t been for that pesky Lee and her tendency to shoot her mouth off.
We’ve all been at a BBQ or something and heard a typical National voter waxing racist. Their MPs are the same. Difference is Lee did’t have the brains to keep her thoughts in her own head. At least we live in a country where public racism ruins political careers – John Carter, Shipley, Lockwood ‘small hands’ Smith (speaker, that’s a booby prize when you were going to be a senior minister), now Lee.
She’ll be third place in Mt Albert, you read it here first.
Norman is a much better communicator than Shearer in events and on TV but he’ll still be a distant second.
Speaking of tory racists. National knew that bringing Rankin into the Families Commission was like bringing a wrecking ball into the side of a building and they did it with the same purpose. Boy does she get to work fast. I don’t know if she’s even officially in the job yet and she’s already prompted Druis Barrett to resign from the Commission. Barrett won’t work with her after racist comments Rankin made last year.
Turia was happy to speak against having a racist pro-child beater on the Families Commission at first. Then National told her to be a good girl and follow collective responsibility. So she chickened out, mana intact. Turns out Turia was on the Cabinet Committee that approved Rankin’s appointment but said nothing against it at the time. What a hero.