What’s up with the Nats and ACT? (Part toru)
Continued from: What’s up with the Nats? (Part rua)
If there’s somethin’ strange in your neighborhood
Who ya gonna call?
If it’s somethin’ weird an it won’t look good
Who ya gonna call?
Ever since the National Party conference at the end of July, the National Party has been strutting the political stage like a bunch of patched gang-members, strutting about the main street of some small town in the back-blocks.
Key, Bennett, Joyce, Collins, Parata, Banks – even lowly backbenchers like Maggie Barry – have been obnoxiously aggressive in policy announcements and dealing with the media and critics.
The Nats have been unrelentingly in our faces ever since John Key uttered the threat,
This is not just about confidence.
This is something new. This is about a new, hyped-up, aggressive style of taking criticisms and failings, and turning it back on the critic.
Steven Joyce was on-style on TV3′s “The Nation” (19 August), when he belittled and badgered two journalists (John Hartevelt and Alex Tarrant) who asked him pointedly about National’s short-comings. Joyce’s response was typical Muldoon-style pugnacity.
This interview with Joyce is charachteristic of how National Ministers have been belligerent in their responses. It is singularly instructive,
Interestingly, Joyce has a “go” at Labour; then the Greens; and even Hone Harawira throughout the course of the interview. He even blames the global financial crisis and throws that in the face of Alex Tarrant, as he responds to a point.
Everyone gets a dose of blame – except the one party that is currently in power. So much for National’s creed that we should all take personal responsibility for our actions.
It appears that National’s back-room Party strategists have been analysing the first few months of this year and have realised that when things go horribly wrong, or the latest string of economic indicators reveal more bad news, the relevant Minister(s) responds with aggression and with defiance.
If the old say “explaining-is-losing” is a truism, then any explanation offered automatically puts a Minister on the back-foot.
The best way out of such a sticky moment; take a page out of Rob Muldoon’s book, ‘How To Win Friends/Enemies and Influence the Media‘.
And National’s Ministers (and coalition partners) have been playing this ‘new’ game perfectly…
It would be fair to say that John Banks’ parliamentary career has been a disaster since before he even won the seat of Epsom. The Tea Pot fiasco was but a prologue to the man’s uncanny, magnetic ability to attract scandal, pratfalls, and sheer incompetance.
The donations scandal involving Sky City and Kim Dotcom was another insight into his ‘shifting sands of morality‘.
See previous blogpost: John Banks – escaping justice
See previous blogpost: “He will be a very good friend for you when he is in Parliament”
See previous blogpost: Money in the Banks (Part #Wha)
See previous blogpost: Key on Banks; Staunch, stupid, or stuck?
It seems that the police decision not to prosecute has emboldened Banks, and he is “fighting back – hard“,
First, Banks adopts a macho, Tough Man role,
“It’s called fight back. It’s called fight back – hard“.
Banks then takes on the wounded victim role,
“I found it deeply offensive, much of what was said, written and broadcast during that time because, for all my faults, anyone who knows me would never believe I would go out deliberately and falsify a return.
I told everyone who would listen on day one that I had nothing to fear or hide from the inquiry.”
He may’ve had “nothing to fear or hide from the inquiry ” – but he sure seemed to have a heckuva lot of amnesia?
Then Banks launched into a spiteful attack on his 2010 mayoral rival, Len Brown,
“From where I come from it is hurtful when wild, reckless and untruthful allegations are made about you … There wasn’t a squeak about how Len Brown raised and [filtered] money through a trust. Not a squeak. Not a police investigation. No wild and reckless allegations.”
Banks is correct.
There was no police investigation into SkyCity’s donation to Len Brown’s mayoral campaign.
Do we know why?
Yes, we do: because Len Brown openly and honestly declared his donation,
” SkyCity gave $15,000 each to Len Brown, now mayor, and Mr Banks, his rival, during that campaign.
Although Mr Brown’s donation return listed SkyCity as a donor, Mr Banks’ listed an anonymous donation of $15,000. It did not mention SkyCity. “
No matter how often Banks tries to reinvent himself; re-write recent history; to shift blame on to others; and refuses to take responsibility for his actions (yet again), the Court of Public Opinion has passed judgement.
John Banks will never again be elected to any public office in this country.
Try not to forget that, Mr Banks.
Continued at: What’s up with the Nats? (Part wha)
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