I was in two minds about National's housing policy, when I posted on it this morning.
"What this poll and others taken around the same time do show is that there will not be a walkover. This is healthy. Democracy thrives on the contest of ideas, policies and personalities, not on forgone conclusions."
As Lindsay states, there is no contest of ideas.
"What this poll" actually shows is that we are not living in a 'thriving' democracy. A thriving democracy would be one that is flourishing, prospering and growing rich. We are living in a tired, cynical, paralysed democracy that is deeply dissatisfied with the status quo but too scared to change it."
Indeed, I might add National runs a risk of demoralising its own supporters, its rank and file, as they just may wonder what is the point of Key delivering Liarbour-style government led by him. Voters may begin to wonder what is the point too. Certainly ACT appears to be the only party offering a clear and fresh direction.
John Key has done well keeping party support as high as he has; and his policy has worked so well to date. But will we see limitations to it in the coming campaign? So far all we have seen is Liarbour-lite and the swallowing of many dead rats, along with a dying poodle.
John Boy certainly will have his work cut out to create a new and exciting vision for New Zealand if he is to sufficiently motivate his own foot troops to do the work and get the voters to the polling booths. Relying on a universal hatred of Dear Leader, Helengrad and all it stands for may not be enough, especially if all you are promising is little change.
Hat Tip: Kiwiblog, Lindsay Mitchell.