Snapper or GCSB – Manhire explains

The left wing continues to unhinge themselves over the GCSB, thinking wrongly that this is of major concern to Kiwi voters. It isn’t.

Smarter lefty commentators are starting to realise this too late. Toby Manhire explains in simple words for those struggling with understanding that John Campbell is wrong.

The alchemists in the National Party were at it again over the weekend, turning a slap in the face with a snapper into a brave stand for ordinary, hard-fishing New Zealanders.

The news that recreational fishers might have bag limits slashed to three went down like a seafood milkshake. But, somehow, that uncharacteristic cock-up was turned into a rhetorical tactic, defence into attack.

The Government out of touch? On the contrary: they had heard snapper-catchers’ concerns. They knew it mattered. Mattered, unlike, say, that GCSB sideshow. The revision of the role of the Government Communications Security Bureau was of interest to pointy-heads and “beltway” nerds alone.

The exuberant twenty-something National MP Jami-Lee Ross summed up the pivot neatly. “Liberal elite shouldn’t get so outraged,” he said. “I have 20 times more emails about snapper than I do about GCSB. That’s what NZers actually care about.”

Real people care about snapper. And if you cared about the redefining of GCSB powers you were a tedious liberal elitist who couldn’t tell a rig from a jig. 

Real people do care about snapper…Jami-lee Ross was right…the GCSB concerns only the liberal elite and beltway political tragics.

Key’s strategists have decided there’s no use being bothered by those whose votes are unwinnable. Key’s answer to one dissenting view in his two-hour Newstalk ZB session a week ago was “Well, you’re probably never going to vote for us, so.” The unspoken end of the sentence: “What’s the point in talking to you?”

That is mirrored in the media strategy. Why bother with the tiresome interrogations of National Radio and Campbell Live when, the calculation goes, such a large portion of their audience is uncharmable. The revelations about al-Qaeda in New Zealand and the Yemen connection, remember, were made on the More FM breakfast show.

Yep save your breathe speaking to people willing to listen.

Maybe his advisers felt the spy bill issue was starting to get some traction in Middle New Zealand. Maybe they sensed that dismissing the bill’s opponents as peddlers of “misinformation” rung hollow as long as there was so little informing. Probably they detected that he had begun to look dangerously derisive, sneering and unleaderly in the earlier exchange with Campbell Live reporter Rebecca Wright, in which he deployed the dead-eye stare along with the snapper gambit, dismissing a series of questions on the spy bill with the advice that “more people will watch” if the programme would “switch to snapper”. The calculation, it seems, was that it could do him damage among those who might actually vote for him.

So the Prime Minister braved the Campbell Live studio. And he was formidable. There were some evasions, some elisions, and too many soothing assurances that have not in fact been inked into the legislation. But as far as the chess was concerned, Key was masterful, pushing John Campbell on to the defensive, grabbing the initiative, dwelling on issues that suited him because, after all, wasn’t this about explaining things properly?

It was a striking reminder of John Key’s ability as a political performer. He understands his audience – no, his audiences – as well as any politician in recent times. For a prime minister halfway through the second term, his command is astonishing. Even Campbell, who’s seen a few, said it: “You’re a brilliant politician.”

The leftwing continue to run the meme that John Key is shonky, sneaky, double dealing and yes…if you can believe it stupid. The smarter ones realised that when he spanked their hero John Campbell that they have dreadfully misunderstood our Prime Minister.

Thankfully there are precious few smart left wingers.

In the meantime, the Labour party has good reason to worry about how they can match him in campaign mode come 2014. Under the old electoral system another landslide would be just about guaranteed.

David Shearer had to resort to the shinky attack this morning in talking about SkyCity…he sounds sooooo believable delivering Grant’s lines.

 


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  • blokeintakapuna

    It will be interesting watching the political Left as the election draws nearer… plenty of factions within Labour want their own man to lead – but following Key’s absolute demolition of Campbell – who is a trained & experienced TV interviewer – none will want to stick their head above the parapet to take on Key face to face… as they know they will not only loose – they’ll loose by a very large margin and then they would have squandered their leadership chance…
    …so for now, Shearer’s position remains safe – not because he’s the “best” to lead Labour… but because none other want to be pushed in front of the bus at election time, effectively “taking one for the team”
    Ironically, it’s Key’s brilliance that keeps Shearer in his role… and all of Labour’s ineptitude and the associated waft of tainted, dodgy MP’s that keep Key / National as our Government…
    So maybe Shearer shouldn’t bemoan too much about Key – as it’s only Key’s brilliance that’s keeping Shearer from being rolled.

    • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

      I believe Jacinda Ardern is ready and able……

      • Rodger T

        Yeah, but can she do Dressage?

        • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

          Yes, If you are ready to ride her bro…..

          • Rodger T

            Where`s me whip or does she bring her own?

          • stephen2d

            I’d happily sacrifice myself

          • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

            That is sad….we have Rodger T interested….

        • BigDes

          Thanks for the coffee snort. made my day.

        • P1LL
      • Kyle

        Ready? I’m ready too. Just showered. Hope she is wearing new lingerie…

        • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

          Jeez – You must be desperate……Keep looking at this picture and you will never think of women in your life ever again…..

          • FredFrog

            URGH, SCS. Did ya fucken have to post that? It’s put me off me dinner!

          • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

            Thank the Holy Snapper….I could have posted Fenton’s lovely picture….you will not then eat for a week…

          • cows4me

            Just pretend you’re having leftovers.

          • Hazards001

            That’s NOT a woman.

          • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

            It is a topic for debate on “Campbell Live” I suppose…..

          • Sponge

            FFS man – that was not necessary….

          • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

            Sorry Sponge bob…Kyle needed to be shaken back into reality….

          • Sponge

            Perhaps, perhaps SCS. But the combination of the words Clarke and lingerie made my blood run cold.

          • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

            May be a “Fenton” special could get your blood boiling again?!??!

          • Sponge

            I have just returned from vomiting. You are a cruel man SCS.

            I am off to Santorini – if my blood will boil that is where it would go to high simmer…..

        • Guest

          FFS man – that was not necessary..

      • Bad__Cat

        I’d need to turn down the Brightness on my TV

  • Rodger T

    100% of the snivelling going on about the Campbell Circus performance is about his demeanour ,his attitude,not “respecting” ,talking down to ,talking over,glib, not answering ,giving answers that were too long.
    Not one of these left leaning Fucktards have actually rebutted any of the points that the PM presented.
    Empty vessels and all that .
    And now I am going to say I told you so and repost the inimitable George Carlin in respect to Campbell live.

    • Rodger T

      Ta Daaaaaaa,

      • Ururoa

        Shame, if he had of replaced “average” with “median”, then he might have actually made it into the top 50%

    • Rodger T

      Ta Daaaaaaa,

  • Rodger T

    100% of the snivelling going on about the Campbell Circus performance is about his demeanour ,his attitude,not “respecting” ,talking down to ,talking over,glib, not answering ,giving answers that were too long.
    Not one of these left leaning Fucktards have actually rebutted any of the points that the PM presented.
    Empty vessels and all that .
    And now I am going to say I told you so and repost the inimitable George Carlin in respect to Campbell live.

  • Random66

    I was disgusted to read that those opposing the GCSB decision have organized a demonstration in the weekend which ultimately ends up at John Keys home and they have requested everyone bring dead fish with them to dump on his front lawn. This is all in response to John Key belittling their concerns by saying snapper is of greater concern to most NZ’ers. This is so wrong on so many levels. If a person is going to the trouble of purchasing a snapper (or any fish) for this exercise they should at least be cooking it up to eat, not dumping it on JK’s lawn – so wasteful. This act of vandalism should not be tolerated and if I was John I wouldn’t be home, however I would make sure they were all greeted like they should be by the police.

    • Hazards001

      hahaha I know JK’s house well. The limp wristed liberal elite that will turn up wouldn’t have the strength to throw a legal sized snapper over the wall and the SIS guys outside wouldn’t let them close anyway….but might well keep them there till a fisheries officer got there to question how it was they had a snapper that they actually did have the strength to throw over.

      • Random66

        Also if John Campbell and his lot turn up with their cameras the question should be asked how many meals would those poor fish have made for low income families or school lunches? We can’t have poverty in this country if we are just going to throw good food on someone’s front lawn.

  • Anonymouse Coward

    I recall an interview with the film star Charlton Heston. The interviewer asked him what was the secret of his success as a film star.

    Mr Heston replied that turning up on set on time and remembering your lines was good but by far the most important was the camera had to like you.

    Same with politicians, the TV camera does not like Sheep but caresses J Key. Can’t think of anyone on the opposition benches who can be the Charlton Heston of the left.

  • Quentin

    Key has something few politicians have – respect.
    It’s not that everyone likes him specifically – they respect him. Left or right respect is given to him.
    All the rest of the politicians garner a lack of respect and so does the media.

    • Whafe

      Am certain it will be some pinko lefty whom has gone in for the negative vote!

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