Paul Thomas writes int he NZ Herald about Dirty Politics.
Millions have been splashed out and a pigsty’s worth of mud slung but what have we actually learned from this election campaign?
• Nicky Hagar knows a thing or two about marketing.
• Cameron Slater isn’t as nice as he looks.
• You can judge a minister by the company she keeps.
• While the Whale Oil cabal give the impression they’ve watched too many episodes of House of Cards, their machinations owe more to Walter Mitty than Frank Underwood.
• Hillary Clinton got the wrong Kiwi politician when she added Helen Clark to the select group – Keith Richards and cockroaches – that would survive nuclear Armageddon. She should have nominated Winston Peters.
• Contrary to Tana Umaga’s famous complaint, some people seem to think we are playing tiddlywinks here.
Fair points. I also like the picture of Frank Underwood in the article, and since we are talking about House of Cards…who is going to play Zoe?
The campaign has also reinforced that just as truth is the first casualty of war, irony is the first casualty of politics.
There was Internet-Mana’s Laila Harre on the TV news complaining about the media manufacturing a news story out of a private email (Hone Harawira foaming at the mouth about the Internet Party’s preoccupation with legalising cannabis).
That was followed by David Cunliffe complaining about the timing of the release of a damning New Zealand Institute of Economic Research assessment of Labour’s capital gains tax arithmetic and accusing Federated Farmers, who commissioned the report, of “playing politics.”
A month ago Cunliffe was hailing Hagar’s carefully timed intervention in the election, predicting it would “shift hundreds of thousands of votes”. One man’s political stunt is another’s welcome contribution to the debate.