A reader emails:
New Zealand National Party leader John Key with the press (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
I would like to make some comment that picks up on a series of posts that have run on your blog over the last month or so covering 3 broad subjects.
The post subjects broadly are:
1. Your most recent post with John Key mixing it up with students at Auckland Uni
2. The possible rejuvenation of ACT and the appointment of Richard Prebble as Campaign Director; and
3.Â John Key attending (should he?) Waitangi Day;
Bear with me as I pull this all together.
In your post on John Key’s visit to Auckland Uni titled “This is why John Key is the most popular PM in history” your opening statement stated “John Key loves to be himself. Â It is a major reason why people warm to him and he continues to be our most popular PM in history.” Â Dead right.
I want to put forward what I believe is the other major reason he is the most popular PM in NZ history. Â In my view the other major reason often lost sight of is the fact that National voters and potential National voters are represented in every grouping in NZ – the poor, students, public servants, Maori, attendees Â at Te Ti Marae on Waitangi and the list goes on, and John Key recognises this and makes a point of engaging with most of these groups being himself.
A critical mistake any political party can make (and in my view a mistake National is all to often guilty of) is to assume that there are little or no votes in particular groups. Â Media play on this. Â For example media give the impression that Maori only vote for Labour and more recently the Maori Party and Mana. Â Bullshit. Â There are plenty of Maori that vote for National, and ACT for that matter. Â While I am at, there are also Pakeha who vote for the Maori Party which really blurs what Tariana Turia was referring to when she used to use the statement Â “our people”.
John Key I think recognises this. Â He generally does not fear or favour particular groups. Â Gay Pride? sweet I will attend. Â Kingi doesn’t want me at Waitangi Day 2015? Tough shit I will attend. Â Auckland Uni (and any Uni for that matter) a hotbed of radical idealistic Marxist youth – yeah I’ll visit. Â Read more »