For Richer, for poorer

Tracy Watkins likens the popularity of National and John Key to a wedding vow:

Is New Zealand poised to elect its first single party majority government under MMP?

The pundits have always said it can’t be done – but the pundits never expected National and John Key‘s honeymoon to last this long either.

At this time of the election cycle, you might expect some volatility in the polls. But for nearly three years, support for John Key and his Government has been extraordinarily consistent.

For better or worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, voters appear to have taken a political vow to stick with National – if not until death they do part, at least until after the election. Labour has run solid campaigns on issues that resonate with voters – asset sales, cost of living increases and early childhood education cuts.

And then she shanks Labour hard with the finish letting them know that it doesn’t matter what the say or do and especially their silly tactic of trying to demonise John Key, it simply won’t work.

National’s ride is all the more remarkable because it has thrown away the rule book: it has cut government spending across the board, plans to campaign on asset sales, halted contributions to the so-called Cullen pension fund, slashed KiwiSaver contributions, raised GST and delivered tax cuts that favour the well-off over the have-nots.

If none of that was capable of stopping the National juggernaut, it’s not clear what is.

That is a post, or even a book, about how to stop National. Hmmm…maybe after the election.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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