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Beginning of the End?

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A recent Horizon Poll, at the end of September had National far lower than other polling has presented up till now;

 

National: 39.5% (up 2.2% since July),

Act: 4.8%

United Future: 0.8%.

National led coalition:  46.2%

National – ACT – Maori – United Future coalition:  61 MPs

Labour : 27% (no change)

Green Party: 10.7% (+ 0.5%)

New Zealand First: 7.3% (+1.3%)

Labour-Green-New Zealand First coalition: 45%

Labour – Greens – New Zealand First: 58 MPs

Labour would need Mana to govern.

Source: Horizon Polls, 25 September 2011

Taken by itself, the Horizon Poll is but one of many. However, that poll seems to have greater significance when online betting and predictions site, Ipredict,   had this interesting result,

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Can it be that Brand Key, like Brand Adidas, is finally losing some of it’s sheen?

It will be intreresting to see  other polling results.

 

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Public scrutiny of our MPs?

It seems that something is making our politicians very nervous,

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This is not democracy and transparency in action. More likely a response from John Key after his “throat slitting” gesture got caught on TV3’s cameras, making him look like a prize twat.

(And why ‘Bomber’ Bradbury got banned/uninvited from Radio NZ, after criticising Key’s objectionable behaviour in the Debating Chamber.)

This is yet another restriction on what the public sees in Parliament. It is yet another attempt to remove scrutiny over our elected representatives.

And ironically – National wanted to pass through a Police Video Surveillance Bill that would allow Police to secretly videotape members of the public. (That Bill was significantly amended by Labour and ACT, to remove several questionable aspects, including a retrospective aspect to the Bill.)

Does anyone else comprehend the rich irony here?

And as politicians are so fond of reminding us; if they have nothing to fear, why are they wanting to restrict televising  of proceedings?

What is the John Key-led government afraid of?

C’mon, Mr Prime Minister, we thought you luvved photo-ops?

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Politics-Free Zone? “Tui” time!

State Media Bans Dissident!

National’s popularity takes a dive

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BS is right

The verdict of the Broadcasting Standards Authority on the Prime Minister’s recent one-hour on Radio Live is in,

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This has to be one of the most gormlessly  naive decisions from a government watchdog in memory.

Of course it was an election programme – it’s election year, for god’s sakes. Do the simple folk at the BSA really, really, really think that the Prime Minister took an hour (plus travel-time to and from the studio) out of his busy schedule to appear on a major radio station out of the goodness of his heart? Because he had a spare few hours up his sleeve? Because he had nothing better to do that day?

Was the Prime Minister  on the BBQ with Prince William because the government couldn’t find someone to cook the meat?

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Did John Key mince up and down a catwalk because the parade organisers had run out of professional models to wear the apparel?

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Oh, puh-leese!

They were all election programmes. Just as kissing babies, shaking hands, mincing on a fashion catwalk, and RWC photo ops are election programmes.

To the simple folk at the BSA: when the Prime Minister does something in public, it is done for various reasons. One such reason is to promote himself in his leadership role. Politicians do that in many ways; opening a new public facility by ribbon-cutting cutting; planting a tree; and appearing in the media doing interesting things.

These are all designed to positively promote the image of the political figure as a “decent, down-to-earth person”.

That the BSA did not understand this is simply mind-numbing.

BSA stands for Broadcasting Standards Authority.

It can just as well stand for Bull Shit, eh?

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Politics-Free Zone? “Tui” time!

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