it’s all a bit sad, and puzzling really; how the party of “born to rulers” has disintergrated into a small bunch of disorganised, unfocused malcontents, all looking out for number one..
i reckon it’s all down to them not having a bloody clue as to what they are all about, what to do, and where they are heading? (apart from to oblivion).
and this is because they continue to cling to a spokesperson/symbol of, and the wreckage of, an obsolete/failed ideology; rogernomics.
those in national just don’t seem to understand that we have already sampled that menu of asset sales; and tax cuts funded by the cutting of social services; and we don’t want/need to go back there again.
(this contention is supported by research reported in the business section of the herald on the weekend showing over 80% of us punters do not want more asset sales).
this, combined with brash unable to answer clarks assertion that her latest example of corporate welfare will put more money in those punters pockets than any of nationals’ proposed tax cuts, (especially for the low to middle paid), means nationals whole potential election campaign is knackered before they start.
another nail in their coffin was clarks’ snookering on the weekend of perhaps nationals’ most potent message; a time limit on treaty settlements.. aarrgghh!, what have they got left?
(don looked really pissed at this news , and mumbled something about clark and election year hot air, but his heart wasn’t really in it, you could see that on his face).
this paucity of ideas from national is indicated by the almost hysterical enthusiasim shown on rightwing blogs (david farrar), on the weekend, over dons’ proposed accounting exercise of transferring petrol tax from the consolidated fund to the roading fund (with no explanation of just what services/programs would be cut to support this move).
the rest of us greeted this proposal with a studied yawn, and a “yeah, right”; while the right frothed away about the vision and daring of their leader. cor! (at the same time studiously ignoring the last two polls showing national under brash slipping more and more out of contention; talk about heads in the sand).
i had to hold my nose, go in there, (david farrar), and hose them down. (quite successfully, as it happens; all frothing ceased apres reality check).
as to the rest of us, we just feel/know that in general national haven’t got a bloody clue, save for an overweeningly tinged survival instinct; and this fact will be hammered home to them by their disasterous results at the upcoming election.
mmp has hastened it; but it must be said, national are surely the architects of their own misfortune/downfall.