Wednesday, July 23, 2008

A contest for ideas



I was in two minds about National's housing policy, when I posted on it this morning.

It does seem like another dead rat being swallowed and a case of 'me too', that has been picked up by others on the right. Though, David Farrar explains well on why the policy has changed.

But what is the overwhelming feeling of the policy releases we have to date. I share the frustration shown by Lindsay Mitchell, who also raises something in today's Dom-Post editorial.

"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.

4 comments:

JC said...

Welcome to MMP. The system chosen for defeated countries like Germany, Italy and Iraq.

It keeps the locals fighting each other rather than uniting and starting wars with their neighbours.

I never did quite figure out which nation we rolled over in war under FPP, but we got the defeated part right.

JC

PM of NZ said...

'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.'

Got the first bit spot on. Hatred is such a kind word in this instance.

So many things to do and so little time, but one must not frighten the horses. Winston would have been perfect to open that differential, but no, he has rolled on that.

If he doesn't get a point of difference real soon, as you suggest ACT is the only choice.

That would be an eye opener for me. Even considering a vote for such a rank outsider is a real shock.

Anonymous said...

Come on National, let us have some vision, something stirring, sopmething to raise our spirits, something that will give us a feeling that electing you will give New Zealand a future.
please, no more of the same, no more Liarbour-lite.
John key, you are a talented guy from as humble background, with a great story to tell.
Please use your experience wisely and give us the words of hope that we need, the cause to come out fighting for you and to defeat the leftist tyranny we currently endure.
We do not want it to continue under another name.

pdq

Anonymous said...

Come on National, let us have some vision, something stirring, sopmething to raise our spirits, something that will give us a feeling that electing you will give New Zealand a future.

Go away.

National 52% - and thanks to the Maorimander, still probalby won't make government

"visionary" ACT - 2%