A couple of interesting columns from Bill Ralston and Matt McCarten in the Herald on Sunday.
First, McCarten produces a comprehensive round-up on why National performed so badly in the Mt Albert by-election.
Second, Bill Ralston looks at how a unified Liarbour Party is chipping away at National.
Indeed, both seem rather spot on.
National was a shambles during the campaign and its performance in government has not been as good as we might hope.
With the smacking vote coming so soon after the cancelled taxcuts, Key and National are pissing off their own side too!
I can only argue that the party does need to look at its campaign strategies and its campaigning team.
Did National win the election because of its campaign or despite it?
But just because it won the November war, it must now win the peace.
Of course, the polls, as Roy Morgan showed, National is still well ahead, so maybe the public don't care much about the distractions we have seen like Mt Albert, Richard Worth, etc, etc.
However, Bill Ralston is right to warn about 'noise.'
National does not want to lose perceptions of competence and capability. Percetions always count more than relaity in politics.
Such noise and perceptions would well distract from National's messages on the economy, etc, just has Liarbour suffered from various perceptions like nannying.
Indeed, I guess the government won't welcome the noise from ACT MP David Garrett today who is in trouble for lewd conduct.
At least Rodney Hide has shown strong and sound leadership over the matter, nipping the problem in the bud.
If only we could see such behaviour from John Key, we supporters of the government would feel so much better.