The first of the leaders’ debates is on tomorrow (it would have been on Thursday on Labour’s savings policy, but Key refused to show). Key’s strategy is clear: ‘I’m a safe economic manager, these guys will fuck it up’. Goff can’t let a single attack slide. Every time Key disses Labour’s or ups his own record, Goff just needs to cite one of these facts.
Goff should interrupt, challenge, disprove. Make it a close quarters fight. Get in under Key’s ribs.
Key will whine. He will make excuses. That’s when Goff says ‘every government faces challenges. It’s your responsibility to face them and deliver on your promises. If you don’t want to do that. Don’t ask to have the job.’