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Where is our ‘new’ government?

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Key: "oh look Paula, isn't that those naughtly kids from Henderson back there?" Paula:"yes John, I'll box their ears when I get hold of them, why, and look, isn't that Fiji in the background, how fascinating!"

I don’t always agree with Garth George, he is a curmudgeonly old duffer and a weeny bit too conservative, in a big-state-muldoon kind of way for my liking. But today I do agree with him. WTF is John Key and his merry band up too?

There was always a sneaking suspicion that the Conservatives led by Key were just sleepwalking to power after Labour and Klark lost their way, but part of me hoped that that in fact they would, with the help of ACT, actually have a plan, and that in fact this plan would rather suit the dreadful economic situation we now find ourselves in.

So, here we are, it’s 2009 and by all accounts we are facing the most serious economic crisis since the depression of 1920.

Obama has just got through a package of something like US$819 BILLION of spending and calls the situation a “disaster”.

The German’s, Japanese, English, Australians, Russians, Chinese, Koreans are all committing billions of dollars, yen, euros and whatever to pull themselves out of the shit, the Singaporeans have actually broken into their piggy bank, a formally sacrosanct fund of the nations retirement savings to avert disaster!

And what’s Key up too?

Um, well, he’s had a break with the family. His social welfare Minister has boxed some kids ears in Henderson (West Auckland), there’s some shit going down (again) between him and his finance minister Bill English, and, well the Maori’s want to fly a freaking flag of the Auckland Harbour Bridge. Oh, and there’s some fuss in Fiji, big fucking deal. Who gives a shit about the Fijian’s, their economies probably smaller than the annual social welfare budget for South Auckland, let them work their own problems out, we have bigger fish to fry!

Look guy’s, I know it’s holiday season in NZ, most of us went back to work last week (if we still had jobs to go too) and actually there’s some very serious stuff going on that affects everyone here and we need to know what the hell is going to happen here to mitigate this. You know, like a PLAN, something beyond the autopilot of the reserve bank dropping interest rates (which the Banks seem to be ignoring anyway).

You’d hope someone like Key, who has been involved in the industry that sparked the current crisis, would understand the deep trouble we are in. Maybe he does, and maybe it’s so incredibly bad he doesn’t know what to do, he is trapped in the headlights like a opossum.

I sincerely hope not, because if Key & Co don’t have a plan, quite frankly we are fucked.

And while I’m expressing my doubts and disappointments, where is hell is ACT is all of this. Where is Rodney?

Of all the people I’d hope to see riding in on a white horse with a plan to save the day it’d be Rodney, backed by Heather and Roger, with a plan to save NZ and transform the economy into a winner of the economic crisis.

Not a freaking peep.

Well, it’s got me thinking. Is this so bad that everyone actually cut and run?

An awful lot of MP’s seem to be overseas at the moment, maybe they have cashed up their travel allowances, super funds, and buggered off to the Bahamas?

Our new government of ‘hope’ is currently AWOL. It’s not good enough and that wasn’t what we voted for. Unless something is done soon this will be the shortest National Government in history. Because when the jobs start drying up and the shit hits the fan in a few months it will be way too late.

We need some leadership now!

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Is National ‘Labour Lite’?

Labour Lite?

I have to agree with Rodney Hide that the only thing that Labour and National disagree on is who should be Prime Minister.

 

Labour have played a clever game, they can claim that such and such policy will be dumped by National leaving it’s beneficiaries disadvantaged and it is the cold heartless right wing National party that will do this as part of it’s secret agenda to gut social welfare provisions and other social benefits introduced by Labour.

 

This puts National in a position where it has to deny this, and then support whatever policy it is being accused of planning to cull, and then National outlines how it will actually improve the policy, usually by appending more money on it…

 

Who’s the winner with this strategy, well Labour, because it means they are calling the shots. They also don’t have to announce any new policies (notice there is nothing new from them, just calls for National to release policy) Labour in effect wins endorsement for its policies and this leads to National looking like Labour Lite.

 

National can’t risk releasing policy too early, previous elections they have and it has cost them dearly as it has allowed Labour to spend months picking holes in them and forced National into damage control, by the time the dust settles Labour as assimilated the policy and can claim that National is weak and useless with no thought out policies.

 

I guess this shows what a formidable team Helen and Mike are, they have been in the game a long time and whether you like them or not, you have to agree they are smooth operators often running circles around the Nat’s.

 

National needs to take control of the debate and relying on polls isn’t going to do it. Maybe National needs to shift the debate away from specific policies and focus on other issues all together, issues that do set National and Labour apart… and one way would be to use the Peter’s fiasco to their advantage.

 

Most people are sick and tired of Peters, the majority of voters think is a clown. National could take the moral high ground and say they want to clean up politics (maybe take a leaf out of Obama’s book) and they won’t be doing business with Winston Peters. This would for a change put Labour in a difficult position where it would have to start explaining itself for a change.

 

Until National shows it has the skills to gain the high ground in the political debate and can start to clearly demonstrate to the public how it is different from Labour, then the label of Labour Lite is going to stick, and that will have voters starting to wonder why they would bother with a team that is inexperienced and only different from Labour in style rather than substance.