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An open message to Kelvin Davis…

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Kelvin David - facebook - Mana Internet Party- Kim Dotcom

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Kelvin is now supported by the likes of National Party apparatchik, David Farrar, and quasi-fascist muck-raker, Cameron Slater.

That alone should give Kelvin, Stuart, et al in the Labour Party pause for thought.

To Kelvin; his colleagues; and his cheerleaders, I share this insight, for free;

Why is Key so popular?

One of the reasons is that he has demonstrated a willingness and ability to work with other political parties, from neo-lib-nutcases in ACT to political prostitute Dunne, to the Maori Party.

In doing so, he has cobbled together a coalition that has lasted nearly six – six! – years.

In every campaign, neither Key nor a single other National candidate has ever slagged off one of their potential coalition allies. Not once.

What the public sees is a group of political parties working together. They may campaign on their own policies and platforms and do “deals” – but they never slag off in public.

Because Key understands the mood of the public; that people want to see our elected representatives working together, for the “good of the country”.

Now, we can disagree that National’s policies are for the “good of the country”. God knows I’ve written enough about National’s appalling governance that has left this country in a social and economic mess.

But – the public still perceives Key as being able to work with other parties. Key demonstrates collegiality every time he’s in the media.

Contrast that to the infighting between the parties on the Left.

The public are not seeing Labour going hard out to win the election; they’re seeing Labour going hard out to win votes, at any cost.

Believe me, there is a big, big difference.

That, my fellow New Zealanders, is why Labour is low in the polls.

If Labour cannot demonstrate, to the public, that it can work collegially with potential coalition allies now, prior to 20 September – then how on Earth can Labour expect the public to believe it can work with other parties, post-election?

Saying that you can “work with other parties” and then trying to destroy them at every opportunity sends only one message to the public; you’re more interested in your own success than anything else.

Not exactly a hopeful message, is it?

 

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References

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  1. Troy
    6 August 2014 at 10:30 am

    Frank, I think you would have a reasonable, even convincing, point if you didn’t resort so much to obviously incorrect hyperbole (“Key nor a single other National candidate has ever slagged off one of their potential coalition allies”), and such spurious conclusions (“That, my fellow New Zealanders, is why Labour is low in the polls”).

    Also, I think there are a couple of things which differentiate the situation National is in from Labour’s predicament. National is large enough that the public believes them when they say they won’t be dragged around by support parties (they can play them off against each other). Further, many centrist voters *trust* that Key is a moderate who won’t be beholden to ACT.

    Unfortunately, centrist voters I think are probably more concerned about Labour’s potential to be beholden to minor parties (as it will be reliant on them). They don’t know Cunliffe as well, and may suspect he is quite extreme-left himself.

    Therefore, Labour is a in a trickier situation in trying to present a united front whilst also trying to avoid the negative associations (for centrist voters) of the Greens and Internet-MANA (who are both much larger than ACT).

    I am not saying you don’t have a good point. But it would be good to at least acknowledge that the situation is trickier than you make it out to be.

    • 6 August 2014 at 10:58 am

      “Frank, I think you would have a reasonable, even convincing, point if you didn’t resort so much to obviously incorrect hyperbole (“Key nor a single other National candidate has ever slagged off one of their potential coalition allies”), and such spurious conclusions (“That, my fellow New Zealanders, is why Labour is low in the polls”).”

      Well, if they have, I’d like to see it Troy…

  2. Troy
    6 August 2014 at 11:55 am

    Use Google.

    In 2008 John Key and Bill English both criticised ACT’s “hard-right” and “extremist” agenda. They said they didn’t see a place for them in Cabinet (especially Roger Douglas). That stance was probably an important part of winning them Government.

    A number of National Party candidates have also criticised the Maori Party for being race-based.

    • Who Gnu
      8 August 2014 at 2:24 pm

      Hey Troy! Instead of vague hints what to google for, why not just post the links if you have them?? Why should someone else search for evidence to validate your claims?? There’s an old saying, Put Up, or – – – – – – – !!!

      Kelvin Davis has screwed up majorly. He should own his fuck-ups or get out of politics altogether.

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