Maybe Gareth can lend one to Labour

Gareth Morgan must have a goodly collection of dead cats to send to Labour:

dead cat

To understand what has happened in Europe in the last week, we must borrow from the rich and fruity vocabulary of Australian political analysis. Let us suppose you are losing an argument. The facts are overwhelmingly against you, and the more people focus on the reality the worse it is for you and your case. Your best bet in these circumstances is to perform a manoeuvre that a great campaigner describes as “throwing a dead cat on the table, mate”. That is because there is one thing that is absolutely certain about throwing a dead cat on the dining room table – and I don’t mean that people will be outraged, alarmed, disgusted. That is true, but irrelevant. The key point, says my Australian friend, is that everyone will shout “Jeez, mate, there’s a dead cat on the table!”; in other words they will be talking about the dead cat, the thing you want them to talk about, and they will not be talking about the issue that has been causing you so much grief.

I think that’ll work a treat, and will likely get the media interested as well.


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  • PlanetOrphan

    There’s a dead cat on the … um … well a deceased feline anyway … depending on what NZers decide …. um well … sure doesn’t look um …. alive I guess


  • cows4me

    Liarbore hardly need a dead cat on the table a CTR-D machine would be much more use.

  • parorchestia

    But Labour’s dead cat issues are showing dead cat bounces – no one takes any notice and they sink even lower in the polls.