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7:02 am, September 18th, 2017 - 34 comments
Categories: election 2017, labour, national, same old national - Tags: #ChangeTheGovt, election 2017, nasty nats, negative campaigning, nine long years
National leader BM English defended his party’s attack ads during an appearance on Q+A.
Asked if he felt personally comfortable with lines like the $11.7 billion hole and other lines of attack politics, Mr Englishe [sic] replied, “Yes. I do, because […blah blah lies blah blah…]
The National leader also dropped dark hints about where Labour-Green environmental policies could lead.
Asked whether the water quality at Lake Elsmere had degraded over the past 10 years, Mr English said, “No. Lake El—Well, it’s degraded over the last 30 years. What I can tell you is the serious effort gone in in the Selwyn River catchment and Lake Elsmere catchment over really complex, challenging issues. I mean, there is one answer – slaughter the dairy herd. I suppose that would help. Then next thing they’ll be talking about how to depopulate cities because they cause pollution. Well, that doesn’t make sense.”
The rest of the interview carries on in a very similar vein, with English attempting to justify lies, negative campaigning and scaremongering.
CORIN It is just part of a concerted scare campaign, isn’t it? You haven’t been able to run on your record. You have run on a negative campaign. Add this to the $11.7 billion hole, which does not exist, and you’re just out there to scare voters. Are you not proud of your record?
BILL I absolutely disagree. We are very proud of our record. We are running on our record. But more importantly, we are running on a plan for the next three years, the next five years to take advantage of the strength of the New Zealand economy. The Labour Party and the other parties have the obligation to answer the questions that New Zealanders are asking.
Ohh look – straight back to Labour.
Why is Bill English such a scared little man? Why doesn’t National have the confidence to run a positive campaign on its policies?
— NBR (@TheNBR) September 17, 2017
— 1 NEWS (@1NewsNZ) September 16, 2017
— Richard Hills (@richardhills777) September 16, 2017
The exact moment Operation Scaremonger jumped the shark. https://t.co/tqtaasaKKK
— Neale Jones (@nealejones) September 17, 2017