finally….katherine ryan..the political editor of radio new zealand has finally got up to speed on the essence of this election campaign..
she told us of her lightbulb going on this morning..and in breathless tones told us that this race was actually a race between the centre-left and the centre-right..and that it’s those combined polll ratings we should now be measuring/focussing on….well duh..!
this salient/obvious point was noted here on whoar way back when..and pointed out as the key to winning this campaign..to make sure peters is firmly painted into that right camp..and is stopped from running the coy con (i’ll probably go with labour..hint hint) he has run so successfully the last couple of outings..
this has been done..and (as noted here way back when)..former labourites flirting with peters have returned to the fold..
katherine ryan is wrong when she claims peters has bled to labour and national…the vast majority of desertions have been those former labourites who realised a vote for peters is a vote for the right…
and this is the same rationale driving those in the maori party who have successfully called for them to distance themselves from national..many maori voters won’t have a bar of the possibility of supporting brash and his maori-bashing policies…
(it all could have been different for national.. if they had not engaged in that ugly race-baiting exercise..and had called on the memories of doug graham and those nats who treated maori with respect..and not as a cheap and nasty way to plug into that nasty streak running through this country….if brash hadn’t done that..the maori party could still be a coalition suitor..
but that was then…brash(advisors?) has well and truely screwed up
yet another key aspect of any hope of having a successful election outcome…and by his own words he deserves nothing less…
and i am stunned it has taken the pundits(?) so long to actually work all that out…. if they have yet….