National’s Strategic Stupidity, Ctd

Right at a time when National needs to be talking about fixing the economy and keeping the airways clean Louisa Wall has her Gay Marriage bill drawn out of the ballot. Not only that last week Labour and Greens scored 5 from 5 in the ballot.

National has been exceptionally strategically stupid on members bills. Members bills are great for tripping up governments and taking all the air out of the news cycle, meaning National’s message can’t get out. So the smart thing to do is fill the ballot with endless members bills that are closely aligned to the government’s program.

Unfortunately National either don’t have a program or don’t understand this as ministers are stopping back benchers from putting bills in the ballot, meaning the opposition is getting all sorts of bills drawn, including the gay marriage one.

Gay marriage may have come up anyway, but if there were a lot of members bills from National in the ballot the chances of opposition bills coming up would be lower. Cabinet should stop blocking bills and even things up so their message doesn’t get drowned out by more opposition members bills.

Two more years of copping a flogging in the members ballot is only going to make the back bench unruly as inevitably the bosses will insist they go over the top in opposing the more silly bills the opposition puts up without themselves having the ability to lob bills back the other way and get some easy wins.

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