Mine would be something like, 'When you speak about race issues you ask the public to accept that you're acting in good faith, and not race-baiting or 'playing the racist card'. Yet you surround yourself with candidates and staffers who repeatedly make comments that speak the language of racism and white supremacy. How can we accept your claim of good faith given this wider context?'
Ministers are accountable, that's the point. It's not just an opportunity to campaign to "persuadable voters". That's an election campaign.
And this is a government that's in permanent campaign mode.
I've heard from a few friends at RNZ that the two presenters that receive the largest amount of complaints and negative feedback are/were Plunkett and Wilson. RNZ's mostly superannuated audience considers them both 'rude'.
Which makes the decision not to replace Sean Plunkett with another facsimile of same make a lot of choice - from the organisations perspective he was an unpopular and very high maintenance presenter.
I don't think the government's lack of appearance on RNZ is because they're 'scared of being held to account' or whatever - its just a strategy focused on reaching persuadable voters, which means a focus on non-news outlets like Breakfast TV, womens magazines, sports radio and so on.
Without a loss here, it may have been difficult for the Maori Party not to run in Te Tai Tokerau in November. They’re now in a better position to learn the lesson and take the deal.
Pita Sharples just indicated that he intends to stand an electorate candidate in Te Tai Tokerau in November.
I should probably look this up, but is that a nominal figure? Because inflation is going to go mental, as a result of GST plus the wallop of Christchurch spending.
No no no. It is nominal - but inflation stays really low. For some reason. Also unemployment plunges for some reason. And productivity grows steadily, somehow. It's all gravy.
For many, the increase in employer contribution to 3% and the sneaky imposition of tax on that will all end up coming out of worker's pockets in the form of smaller pay rises.
Don't worry! Treasury confidently predict 4.0% annual wage growth for six years! Which, as far as I can tell, has not happened in New Zealand in at least the last hundred years!
can someone deconstruct the reasons why people think Key is a good bloke, a nice man etc.
I know it does no good trying to convince people who think that way otherwise, but….
….I WANT TO KNOW WHY THEY THINK THAT WAY, ANYHOW!!!!!!!!
I hate things I don’t understand, and this is one of them. Please help!
Here you go:
Basically, NACT own the media. They are never going to portray any party to the left of John Key as other than crazy or incompetent. It's time to realize this and work around them.
Yeah, that's what Labour thinks. It's bullshit. Total bullshit. The media runs every anti-Key smear story Labour gives them, it's just that the public doesn't respond to them.
As Rob Salmond pointed out a few days ago - when Labour talks about policy the media COVERS IT and they go up in the polls. When they smear Key the media ALSO COVERS IT but they go down in the polls, because the public likes Key and Labour's 'scandals' are almost always trivial bullshit. Premier House is getting repainted? Give me a break.
What have we done to deserve such all round awfulness?
My thesis is that Clark and Cullen were brilliant and driven enough to run their party, and then their government by themselves, aided by very high calibre staff (Heather Simpson, Mike Munro, Grant Robertson). To secure their own position they stacked their cabinet with people who were personally loyal to them, and incapable of challenging them.
Which worked really well, until all the people who ran the party left at once. That's why we currently have a vacuum instead of an opposition.
Mallard seems to spend most of his days posting bizarre conspiracy theories on his blog and exchanging insults with Cameron Slater over Twitter.
He who fights with monsters . . .