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TV1 at 7:50 – Opening Address

Written By: - Date published: 4:58 pm, October 28th, 2011 - 67 comments
Categories: election 2011, labour, tv - Tags: ,

Labour’s election Opening Address will be broadcast on TV1 at 7:50pm tonight.  Labour is hinting that the address will be something different, and unlike anything we have seen before.  Given their gutsy campaigning so far, anything could happen!  Make sure you tune in…

67 comments on “TV1 at 7:50 – Opening Address ”

  1. burt 1

    Anything could happen…. They might even be honest about how borrowing circa $16b more than National is exactly what NZ doesn’t need right now!

    http://www.oweourfuture.co.nz

    • r0b 1.1

      Pulling numbers out of your arse again Burt?  Even the Nats can’t scrape up claims of more than $9b.  And they should know, as they have an $18.4b deficit. Because the Nats slash and burn approach is making things worse not better.

      The Nats borrow to fund tax cuts for the already wealthy.

      Labour borrows more in the short term to pay back quicker in the medium term.  Same way a business borrows to fund productive investment.  Too complicated for you?

      • burt 1.1.1

        Sorry rOb, not my numbers. Wish I had though of that web site name – but it wasn’t me.

        It seems you didn’t click on the link…. $9b – that’s old news.

        • Draco T Bastard 1.1.1.1

          At a guess I’d say that they’re not real numbers. Just figures pulled out of somebodies arse to try and paint Labour as being worse than NAct.

      • burt 1.1.2

        Same way a business borrows to fund productive investment.

        Not many banks lend money to a business that is already spending more than it can earn – try another analogy.

        • r0b 1.1.2.1

          So banks aren’t lending money to NZ burt?  Where’s Bill getting his $380 million a week then – pixies at the bottom of the garden?  Stick to making up random numbers burt.

          • burt 1.1.2.1.1

            Fail on two counts rOb.

            You said (emphasis added);

            Same way a business borrows to fund productive investment. Too complicated for you?

            Then you say – so banks aren’t lending money to NZ after I said ‘Not many banks lend money to a business that is already spending more than it can earn.

            So what are we talking about rOb, a country borrowing money or a business ?

            Then you repeat your first mistake;

            “Stick to making up random numbers burt.”

            Did you not see my response: “Sorry rOb, not my numbers.”

            I’m going to do a felix… have you been drinking ?

            • r0b 1.1.2.1.1.1

              So what are we talking about rOb,

              No one knows what you’re talking about burt, not even you. Toodles!

            • burt 1.1.2.1.1.2

              There would have been no shame in saying you missed the link… but I guess given your initial response gives credibility to the total now being $16b it’s no surprise you kept digging. Have a good night rOb.

              • RedLogix

                Well that website you linked to burt is less than credible itself. Makes a lotta very specific claims with nothing to back them up.

                Not good enough.

      • burt 1.1.3

        The Nats borrow to fund tax cuts for the already wealthy.

        You keep repeating this BS….

        see: Burt on fiscal drag and tax cuts

        In 1999 Joe blogs earns $37,000 and pays $7,215.00 (*1) tax. Using the Reserve bank calculator (*2) $37,000 mid 1999 = $47,186.73 mid 2008 attracts $10,441.38 (*3) tax.

        So their marginal tax rate in 1999 was 19.5%. In 2008 it was 22.1%. The stealth tax increase!

        I wouldn’t call a person earning $50,967.01 (*4) today rich, CV might though. I think it’s Labour heart land earner bracket. And that person under static tax thresholds for 9 years had a 2.6% tax hike if all they got was inflation adjusted wage increases.

        Today that same earner would be paying $8,310.10 in tax. That is 16.3%

        A fall of 5.8% from where Labour was gouging them.

        I understand why you don’t want to talk about fiscal drag but to claim only the rich get tax cuts, that’s just ridiculous.

        (references *1, *2, *3 & *4 in original comment)

  2. queenstfarmer 2

    So this is what party activists do on a Friday night 🙂

    • It gets better.

      Saturday night, 7:30 on TV1, are all the opening addresses from ACT, UF, NZF, Conservatives, Maori, Alliance, ALCP (no Mana?).

      So the weekend looks like being way more exciting than last weekend. 🙂

      (Oh, yes, and tonight is also the opening addresses of the Greens and National). 

      • Lanthanide 2.1.1

        The Mana Party registered too late to qualify for this specific funding.

        Labour and National both got the same amount (seems to be 20 minutes worth) while the Greens were recognised as being clearly head and shoulders above the other small parties and so got 8 minutes.

        I guess the other parties will probably get 4-5 minutes or something? They won’t get to say much.

    • r0b 2.2

      G’day pot, I’m kettle!

  3. Carol 3

    There’s an edited version of the video of Labour’s opening tonight, on Stuff:

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/5870477/Labour-campaign-video-harks-back-to-history

    It uses a documentary style and reflects on labour’s history.

    Through heart-warming pictures of free milk in schools, children swimming and men shearing, the intended message is clear – Labour is for a fairer New Zealand.

    Leader Phil Goff even claims as much saying the party has learnt from its mistakes and the National Party hasn't.

    The video canvases a few of those mistakes.

    There's footage of a young looking Sir Roger Douglas, with a moustache, in front of a white board discussing his economic plan.

    The voice over says that was clearly not Labour and so the two parted ways.

    Back to Goff who, with his Dad Bruce, explains why he and his family are such staunch Labour supporters.

    It seems to me that, while the video includes a lot of the Labour team (MPs/candidates) and policies, there’s also a bit of myth-building around Goff’s leadership…. contrasting Key’s state house log cabin to finance gambler/Beehive narrative.

    • Deadly_NZ 3.1

      I watched the whole thing, It was brilliantly done. After Jonky’s usual sycophantic Q+A session.

  4. just saying 4

    Just saw the hughlights on stuff.
    Looks like game on.

    (particulary glad to see they’ve stopped the crap about the ‘many not the few ‘- we all know who the “few” they didn’t give a shit about were, and it sure as hell wasn’t the rich)

  5. The Voice of Reason 5

    Anyone know the running order tonight? Greens or Nats at 7.30, Labour, 7.50, the Nats or Greens at 8.10?
     

  6. Gawd I think that TVone snuck on a parody show.  There is this guy who looks like Key but he keeps mangling his words.  The audience are a bit weird too, they resemble a focus group or a National Branch meeting, I am not sure which.

    This pseudo key looks really, really tired.

    Is this the National launch? 

  7. aj 7

    Oh – the mangling. Not good. Really – is this the best the Nats can do?

    Good grief. That explanation for asset sales was pathetic. I’m starting to feel sorry for him.

  8. aj 8

    Pity the school system didn’t manage to get Key to speak correctly, this is an oversight.
    Read, write, do maths, and speak clearly. I expect all four from a PM.

  9. The Voice of Reason 9

    First up it’s Team Key. It’s staged spontaneity in front of a fake audience, with John Boy answering patsy questions from actors, intercut with shots of a larger audience from some other gig. He’s lit like Boris Karloff in a cheesy Hammer horror, all dark shadows and silhouettes. This is pretty awful stuff.
     

    • Yep I am so enthused.  Is this the best that they can do?

      • The Voice of Reason 9.1.1

        Lots of shots of ethnic faces in the cutaways. What can this possibly mean? Also, the sound is terrible; there’s a noticeable hum coming through when the Keyster is speaking.

        • mickysavage 9.1.1.1

          Yep, they should ask for their money back.  Compared to the Labour effort the production qualities are terrible.  Mind you Labour’s advertisement was a labour of love, for the nats they probably got what they paid for.

          • KJT 9.1.1.1.1

            Key looked so bad I almost felt sorry for him.

            In contrast Labour and the Greens were fresh and engaging.

            Labour showed that they were finally acknowledging Rogernomics and moving on to being Labour again.

    • QoT 9.2

      The whole National campaign is giving me flashbacks to Wag the Dog …

  10. Now he’s ripping into beneficiaries after the ‘questioner’ said how unfair it was that she was working, finding it hard to pay bills and others are ‘sitting’ on benefits.

    I have to say, this is very bad. 

  11. gobsmacked 11

    Blimey, all that money in National’s coffers, you’d think they’d be re-making “Morning Again in America”. This one is dire.

    Obviously the aim is to highlight Key, but they miss the essential point – people like Key when they see him, not when they <hear him.

    This is like listening to your school chaplain trying to be cool and engaging, while you stare at the ceiling.

    And the audience are stoned?

  12. aj 12

    Almost totally dog whistle. Did not address the big items.

  13. Now for Labour.  I can be accused of being biased but I think it is incredibly clever, hopefully not too clever.  The emphasis is on the Labour brand and what Labour has done in the past.  The party is, rightfully IMHO, drawing on past wells of good will for this election.

    • Carol 13.1

      It’s good, very interesting…,. Good general philosophy, good personalised focus….. but unfortunately focuses strongly on Pakeha history and MPs.

      • Colonial Viper 13.1.1

        To me this is not about identity politics but working class struggle. Those mill and manufacturing closures smashed Maori and Pasifika families harder than anyone else, the loss of state housing the same.

        • Carol 13.1.1.1

          Indeed, CV. And yet, they and their history is not really represented. Maori and Pasifika people were marginalised in early Labour history, and the video doesn’t include them explicitly in the present. The visual subtext is significant. The Greens vid wasn’t as slick, but it also embraces issues of socioeconomic inequaities as well as being culturally inclusive – the 2 parties’ vids are different parts of a more complete picture IMO, and this is the politics I’d like to see for the 21st century.

          But I also get that the Labour vids is targetting disaffected traditional Labour voters…. still… is not as inclusive as they claim to be with their fairness for all theme.

  14. gobsmacked 14

    Labour – good history intro, nice angle. Didn’t dodge Rogernomics either.

    Humanising Goff. Now more MPs.

    Talking heads going on a bit long, but Cunliffe looks more human than he ever has in a suit!

    Very watchable.

  15. RedLogix 15

    Excellent… a good team of Labour MP’s, plain language, strong linkages to our history and who we are as a nation, hit the big issues and most of all explained their values.

    Great start.

  16. The Voice of Reason 16

    Jeez this is good! If the Greens come through as well, it’s all on.

    • Aye TVOR, Labour decided to pluck the heart strings and use its historical good will.  It is really powerful.

      • The Voice of Reason 16.1.1

        Can’t wait to see how the right spin this! What a debacle Key’s effort was and what a spirited, hip, and clever bit of work from Labour. Lets see if the Greens can come to the party as well.

        • Carol 16.1.1.1

          Greens video is very good…. but Russel’s delivery is a bit wooden. Metiria does it better.

        • Matthew Hooton 16.1.1.2

          Happy to answer your question. National decided to put together an ad that was so bad that all viewers would switch channels. This worked, as less than 0% of the population ended up watching the Labour and Green ads. A very sophisticated strategy don’t you think?

          • Colonial Viper 16.1.1.2.1

            Probably worked for some. But hope you guys didn’t pay Saatchi or Boag actual money for this.

          • The Voice of Reason 16.1.1.2.2

            Leaving aside the levity, Matthew, did you see it before broadcast? If so, did you warn them not to go with it?

          • felix 16.1.1.2.3

            Oh Matt you’re such a hoot. I look forward to hearing you improvise that joke 3 or 4 times in the media this week.

            Seriously though, you can’t have been behind this abortion of an address. Why didn’t you stop them?

  17. Sookie 17

    I didn’t watch the Nats one as I didn’t want to puke but the Labour one is very good, straightforward, punchy and honest with a good range of talking heads. I hope I didn’t miss the Greens one.

  18. happynz 18

    Nice job, Labour. I really like the team approach that they are taking.

  19. Galeandra 19

    Brave innovative and refreshing attack on the materialism that has always dogged NZ.
    National will have to wriggle hard to live this down.

  20. aj 20

    I’m not suggesting this will happen, but if that didn’t swing the swing vote to labour….

  21. randal 21

    national finds it very difficult to take a team approach. for a start it is against their core belief of the primacy of the individual and secondly who wants to have phil heatley or nik smif showing their horrible phizogs all over the teevee and being on your team.

    • They have this belief that the election will be a cakewalk and Key will deliver it to them.  I think they should start thinking about a plan B, because Key’s invincibility may be wearing off …

  22. RedLogix 22

    Greens look like they’re doing a great job too. Again plain language, and they’ve incorporated a wider cultural appeal than Labour did. No hint of the ‘beardie weirdie fringe’ image of years long gone.

    I like them both… although I suspect Labour’s one was the more effective.

  23. tc 23

    Do you hear that people….. it’s the sound of inevtivitability now let’s ensure the nats MSM mates don’t derail it.

  24. It was as if National were trying to undermine their main advantage.

    They had a highly contrived event (emphasising falsity, staged questions, etc.), with Key inside (controlled, unnatural environment), at night, looking entirely passionless. I don’t think he even smiled.

    • Deadly_NZ 24.1

      He didn’t seem to even know where the cameras were, or he just couldn’t look it in the lens and lie. Maybe he had an Autoque running because he did seem a little eyes all over the show.

  25. rainman 25

    Labour vid is Just F*cking Awesome.
    Greens wasn’t bad, but not in the same league. Nice though maybe a bit busy didn’t have the coherence of Labour’s. I’m nitpicking though: if Labour.is 10, Greens are 7 or 8. Nats probing the negative end of the number line.

  26. Mac1 26

    Mrs Mac1 thinks that the National presentation, being first, was meant to ensure that no-one could bear to stay on TV1 long enough to watch Labour and the Greens.

    It’s all a cunning National plan to make politics so eye-numbingly boring that the nation switches off politics and National wins on the 10% voter turn-out of those who actually benefit from their policies. A new version of the old hippy axiom. Tune Out, Turn Off, Drop In.

    • Colonial Viper 26.1

      Possibly, and there is merit to the argument you pose. However, I just don’t think that National would risk devaluing their party’s single electable asset at this stage of the game, if they could help it. And making Key look contrived and cold does just that.

    • The Voice of Reason 26.2

      It occurred to me last night, admittedly after a couple of celebratory whiskeys, that Key doesn’t want to win this election. Being PM is too much like work and Hawaii is just soooo nice this time of year. If he falls just short of winning, he can shrug his shoulders, say meh, and mince off into the tropical sunset.

      • felix 26.2.1

        Can’t imagine Key is authorised to make that call.

        Looks to me like the work of a team who think they’ve already won and don’t have to try.

        Very dangerous to believe your own bullshit.

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