Monday, February 23, 2009

Why are John Boy and National so popular!


You've seen the polls, both TV1 and Tv3 and New Zealand is in love with John Boy!
Have we ever had a prime minister with such high rating, one who is truly popular AND competent?
Today, we have seen with Section 92, as I blogged earlier, a prime minister who is prepared to listen, take advice and act upon it.
Hence the announcement of the delay into Liarbour's copyright legacy and its likely scrapping too.
I had similar feelings this afternoon as I perused the National Party website trying to check some minutae of government policy when I came across some words of tribute to Jeanette Fitzsimons, who announced her retirement as Green Party leader.
There was a media release which featured the PM paying tribute to Genetix. He admitted they did not agree on much, but they were kind, heartfelt wishes, all the same.
Now, there are those who don't always appreciate kind words, especially to enemies, and David Farrar was admonished by Cactus Kate for saying them.
Now, many years ago, when editing a paper in Thames, I got to know Jeanette Fitzsimons pretty well. She was an absolute sweetie, always helpful to the media, she had good support staff and one once occassion I was invited to dinner at Jeanette's house where I got to meet Nicky Hagar!
Of course, it did not go down too well after the others raised the Waiohpi spy base and I said 'But the Americans are our friends."
Anyway, I do accept that despite the sweetly smiles of Jeanette Fitzsimons, that she isn't as barking as the others, this might make her somewhat dangerous, by making Greenery acceptable to the public.
But I do think we can be chivalrous and be kind to our enemeies when we can.
And this is where John Boy scores. This is why he is a hit with the voters.
There is none of the bitter negativity we used to get from Uncle Helen.
John Boy might admit to differences but he will never call South Aucklanders, or anyone, 'feral inbreds', or attack Phil In as 'cancerous and corrosive'. His way of putting the boot in is to do it nicely, while smiling, the smiling assasin.
Indeed, reading his comments on Fitzsimons again, recalling the debt the party will have to her, was a backhanded way of warning about the complete tossers in line to succeed, like Sue Bradford, and Muteira whatever her name is, as well as the total barmpot Delahunty.
You see, National has it sussed.
Here's Bill Ralston praising the National Party's media team for how they fly kites in working out which policies to push.
And in the recent weeks I have had dealings with quite a few National Party media handlers, including John Key's, I have found them professional, helpful and competent. Where they did not know the minutae of government policy, they were upfront and frank about it.
Indeed, you only have to look at the picture of John Key, with the young Maori boy and the kitten, which I keep using.
What else could warm the new PM to the nation, whether it be stage managed or not?

21 comments:

Psycho Milt said...

You might want to revisit your various posts berating the media for the hero-worship they offer Barack Obama...

FAIRFACTS MEDIA said...

PM, I am now choking over my Lindauer, you bugger :)

Barnsley Bill said...

You had better clean it up... After you have tidied the kitchen!
I have to agree with PM, your John Key crush is getting tired. You are beginning to sound like one of those lefty felchmongs who canonised Clark.

FAIRFACTS MEDIA said...

Look, I slagged him off over China the other day.

showmethetaxcut said...

You guys up North need to get separate digs.

Barnsley Bill said...

Kitchen still not tidy!

FAIRFACTS MEDIA said...

So the frypan goes in the dishwasher with the other stuff?
Or do I wash it seperately?

Psycho Milt said...

There's nothing like a comment that makes the post author spit out his drink! Unfortunately I wasn't bearing Barnsley Bill's carpet in mind when I wrote it...

LaFemme said...

Ahhhhh, so this is what is meant by a "man crush."

Barnsley Bill said...

separately, as you have only been here for two weeks I should probably tell you that the dish washing liquid is the green stuff under the sink.

FAIRFACTS MEDIA said...

I preferred the yellow stuff myself.
The smell of lemons.

FAIRFACTS MEDIA said...

Apple and baking soida flavour washing up liquid, how bizarre!

Any other weird flavours we have come across?

Clunking Fist said...

Is this just a happy cat bounce?
The public were worried about what a National gummint might mean for the country, but they knew they had to "ditch the bitch".
As their worst (or even mildest) fears have not been realised, they are overjoyed/releaved.

FAIRFACTS MEDIA said...

That's a fair comment there CF.
I'm just smiling at the story now that no-on e recognoises Phil-in.

Anonymous said...

Good on John Key for wishing Jeanette Fitzsimmons well.

I remember when the Don retired a few years back and Helen Clark made comments running him down and saying he should have quit long ago.
Considering a large proportion of the country had voted for him you'd think she would treat him (and indirectly) his supporters with at least some respect.

Well I guess it was that arrogant attitude that eventually let to her demise.

Cactus Kate said...

I was invited to dinner at Jeanette's house where I got to meet Nicky Hagar!

>> Barnsley Bill, take all of his belongings and throw them on the street at once.

Fucking appalling.

Anonymous said...

Because they're carrying on all Helen's policies. Duh.

Minimum wage increases. No real tax cuts. No benefits cuts. No cuts to civil servants, no cuts to service leaves... steady as she goes


and we're another few billions down the hole.

easy to be popular when you're not making any hard decisions

FAIRFACTS MEDIA said...

Cactus Kate

That was 10-11 years ago.
I was new to the country and at the time had not heard of Nicky Hagar.
I was also editor of a local community rag.
Editor socialises with MP, no big deal.
Indeed, at that time I also spent a very enjoyable afternoon with the now former National MP Murray McClean.
I remember him in his boat pulling me as I held onto a large rubber ring for dear life in Mercury Bay.

But back to my point about National's kind comments about Genetix.
It's all a clever game of tactics, one of perceptions.
Yes we can argue we are making her seem the acceptable face of Greenery, which makes her thus very dangerous.
But by building her up, just as she goes, it makes National appear decent.
And in a matter of comparisons it makes whoever takes over look very weak and inferior indeed, hence it will reinforce the decline for the Greens.
So clever game for National.

As for BB chucking me out in the street, surely I need further bonding with the VRWC to continue my long decontamination process.

Anonymous said...

So true Fearfacts!
John Key his showing his decency, the decency that Don Brash had too.
And he's achieving far more with it than by been a bitter old harridan and harpy.

nvp

Anonymous said...

Ahh yes the contrast between the bitter Msssssssssssssss Clark and the firendly cheerful open and approachable John Key could not bbe greater.

One who sneered at the citizens and talked down to them as Mssssssss Clark did vs one who talks to the people engages with tnem explain his position is a manner all can understand.

Its wonderful to be governed by a human being rather than a creature from the deep

gd

Anonymous said...

Its wonderful to be governed by a human being rather than a creature from the deep

Funny that. Because while the PM may have changed, no substantial policy has: they all come straight from
R'lyeh