Why National is still popular after 5 years

Tracy Watkins explores why it is that National is still popular after 5 years.

For me the following reason is the main one.

Key’s appeal lies partly in his back-story – the state-house boy made good, a man who earned his millions overseas before returning to New Zealand with his family to carve out a political career.

It doesn’t just resonate with National’s traditional blue-ribbon support base. Middle New Zealand also instinctively trusts Key as someone who understands hard times.

But it is also a case of “what you see is what you get”. Even Key’s gaffes, like mincing down a runway pretending to be a top model, referring to someone’s “gay red shirt” or chugging from a beer bottle at a barbecue with Prince William, make him seem more like “one of us”.

It is that quality that has allowed him to carry middle New Zealand along with a platform that in previous decades might have turned into political battlegrounds. 

Labour flunkies like to mock the way John Key speaks…they call anything remotely outside their box of acceptable behaviour a “gaffe”…like Watkins did in her article. But the bottom line if this…John Key acts, speaks and behaves exactly as we mostly do…and therefore is seen as genuine.

Contrast that with the affectations of David Cunliffe…he speaks bro speak when in Avondale…he wears a greenstone necklace when he thinks Maori are watching, he carps on like a socialist to the unions and the hard left of his party, and pretends to be the corporate saviour to business audiences. In short David Cunliffe is as fake as his CV.

John Key is the real deal…what you see is what you get. Unfortunately Labour looks set to continue the politics of nasty

 


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  • Mycho Boyle

    If you were to show a picture of a smiling Cuntliffe to someone who had never heard of him before and told them that he was a paedophile, do you think they would agree with you?

    Dead set, the greasy little Cunt Goblin has a Paedosmile.

    • Molon Labe

      Ouch….

      Paedosmile, now that’s a keeper!

      • Mycho Boyle
        • Statehousekid

          Its a bit like using cranial measurements to determine whether you are a criminal.

      • GORDON GIBSON

        Almost as good as a word I heard on Garner’s show last week:
        ‘Deathgasm’.
        I’m sure if we try we can work that somewhere into a discourse about ‘T’.

    • Col

      Oh well it was the church and schools, it won’t surprise me if we have a few MPs being kiddie fiddlers that’s the next step up lol

      • MrLastMinute

        I understand Labour will be introducing a quota to ensure kiddie fiddlers are appropriately represented within the red ranks.

        • Col

          No your wrong, they have too many now, and are swapping them for a few woman, gayand lesbians, at this stage Labour only have one straight MP and that’s Grant Robertson lol

    • steve and monique

      Would not leave my kids with him.

    • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

      Hail the messiah!

    • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

      Labour leader David Cunliffe has outlined plans to build 10,000 new
      affordable homes in Christchurch within four years as part of the
      party’s KiwiBuild policy- Now that is what people call real policy!! Attach Kiwi to everything and people will vote for you….any one for Kiwiprint? The printing press that will keep on printing Kiwi dollars for free….

    • Toryboy

      Someone who had never heard of him? that is 80% of people outside of New Lynn and the Beltway.

  • LionKing

    Labour’s problem is that John Key is a bloody nice guy, pure and simple. Cunliffe on the other hand continues to say one thing to one group and then the opposite to another group. People see that for what it is – a bull shit artist.

    • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

      I suggest you go and read the latest Roy Morgan poll and decide who is famous….

  • Garbageman

    Read this shit and see if you can keep your breakfast down

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=11150598

    • Mycho Boyle

      I need to go and drink a pint of Uncle Helen’s vaginal juice after reading that, to take the repugnant taste out of my mouth.

      • Roland

        Please not on Sunday morning, you’ve wrecked my weetbix now

      • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

        Just vomited….

        • cows4me

          Don’t lie you lapped it up, love of your life and all.

          • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

            I need to fix you on a date with a Labour MP – select your pick – Grant Roberston, Fenton, Sue Moron or Pornsy….

          • cows4me

            Who do you recommend? I assume I’ll be paying.

          • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

            yes, you will be for sure. I think I will spare your agony and fix it up with Sue Moron. Then you can boast to your friends that you spent a quality evening with a moron…. :-)

    • Rimutaka

      What a great article, thanks for the link, McCarten pretty much nailed the current state of the country and parties. Really loved this little gem “National is forced to build a fictional coalition option within an ever-decreasing circle of shysters.” yep, ain’t that the truth.

      • Muffin

        Way labour are going nats might end up being able to go alone, that would be better than sliced bread.

      • Muffin

        Way labour are going nats might end up being able to go alone, that would be better than sliced bread.

      • Garbageman

        lol while i may not agree i does amuse me to see you trying to wind up the masses on here

        • Bunswalla

          Lol – masses being the operative word. Wood-eater probs got tired of hearing his sad voice echo round the cavernous and empty chamber(pot) that is the Stranded.

      • GazzW

        Shysters? Hone, Winnie and Noddy………… and you’re talking about shysters?

      • johnbronkhorst

        I put a comment on it….wonder if they will print it?
        “Hey Matt, why are you using 20 year old photo to front this drivel?”
        What do you think? Print, don’t print? In the Herald?

      • Col

        So you can’t read as well?

    • Kendall

      Satire right?

    • Whanga_Cynic

      Particularly liked this bullshit “Most New Zealanders believe National is creating a society of haves and have-nots”.

      • ex-JAFA

        While Labia promises to create a society of providers and provide-nots. Can’t the left see that rich pricks will have no incentive to become or remain rich pricks if everything’s taken from them? Where does the money come from then?

        • Whanga_Cynic

          That requires far too much deeeep analysis for Liebour!

        • MrLastMinute

          Labour will plant more money trees out the back of parliament. No worries!

    • Dave

      I did, i replied to them, even asked if Matt could repay the money he owes NZinc Taxpayers, somehow I don’t thin they will post my contribution.

      • johnbronkhorst

        Didn’t post mine either. Copied below.

    • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

      That is the weekly vomit by uncle Matt. Nobody takes him seriously…

    • cows4me

      “and he is finically literate”, are mind altering drugs mandatory at the Herald?

  • fastcompany

    I don’t agree that keys appeal is his back story at all, although I can see why on face value this may appear to be the case. becoming a successful money trader is certainly impressive (and not easy) but is on par with being a successful real estate agent in that really you don’t create any value for society, but the role is necessary and important and well paid, and you get a certain kind of respect for achieving this kind of thing. Keys popularity is simply to do with his personality, which is one characterised by two things. 1 he is confident (real confidence not like cunliffes manufactured variety). 2 he doesn’t like politics, particularly the swing voters. This makes it difficult for him to be perceived as ‘playing the game’ as he fundamentally has the view that I will make decisions and if people don’t like them they will vote me out, in the same way as he would be fired for not achieving as a manager in a company. This makes him authentic, and it shows. he doesn’t care about what people think, and he doesn’t care if he gets voted out. this all has nothing to do with his back story.

  • Nechtan

    John Key comes across as a good sort (and from all accounts is). His background stops the opposition playing the “born with a silver spoon” card. He seems to play the ball not the man as a contrast to Cunliffe and his cronies. As you as say he seems genuine (normal if you like).
    Is National popular because the alternative, a confederation of Labour/Green/Mana would be a nightmare for most of “middle NZ’ ?

  • Rimutaka

    The irony of this statement on this blog site made me chuckle “Unfortunately Labour looks set to continue the politics of nasty” There will be quite a few on here who are too blind to see because it’s OK when it comes from our side.

    You gotta laugh eh.

    • felix interferes with chickens

      Now go and post the same comment at Prentice’s hate blog.

      • Rimutaka

        Never been there, why would I start now. And if it makes you feel better I’m sure it’s just as bad, but then I’m not dishonest enough to claim otherwise.

        • You cannot be as moronic as you appear, on the other hand…

    • Cadwallader

      Sorry but it isn’t funny at all. The reality is that Labour prefers ad-hominem attacks to positive issues which map a future. Here’s an e.g.: (one of many) Think back to Darien Fenton’s call to boycott “Mad Butcher” stores while the butcher himself was struggling with cancer. Ever seen a Nat MP descend that low? No you haven’t!

      • Rimutaka

        Where’s your sense of humour? Because National never throw out ad-hominen attacks, ever, well apart from all the time. And since we’re going all historical I guess Muldoons disgusting attack on Colin Moyle is OK in your books. I didn’t approve of Fenton’s actions, but then I’m not a one eyed, closed minded political tribal yob blind to my sides infractions. And while I’m on this particular hobby horse you don’t think all the talk of North Korea, Soviet style, communist, flaky, loony, cave dwelling comments aren’t ad-hominen attacks. Of course they are. You’d have to be very special to think otherwise.

        • johnbronkhorst

          WOW…you have to go back 30 years to find an example. I thought you were trying to find examples in this era….not the Jurassic.

          • Rimutaka

            WOW….I answered your question “Ever seen a Nat MP descend that low? No you haven’t!”

            Called you out and now you’re just whimpering.

          • johnbronkhorst

            Too stupid to understand aren’t you!?
            It’s YOU who are being “called out”.

          • Sorry, moronic was obviously a compliment

          • Cadwallader

            Whimpering? No stunned.

          • Col

            Rimufucka you seem to have a nasty touch, stay in here we have converted many like yourself, they change slowly, or they disappear when everything they said turns to custard.
            cheers

        • Cadwallader

          Muldoon was a socialist, his behaviour was atrocious and wasn’t close to that of John Key’s.

          • Col

            But he was fun.

          • Toryboy

            And by his 5th anniversary as Prime Minister Muldoon, far from polling at great heights like John Key, was fending off the Colonel’s Coup. There is a lesson there for nasty socialists.

        • Kimbo

          Actually, you should do your research on the supposedly martyred St Colin Moyle.

          It was only after Moyle gutlessly and falsely accused the colleague’s of Muldoon’s accounting firm of fraud under parliamentary privilege (“Would it be in order…to accuse the Prime Minister of being a member of an accountantcy firm that did things that were dishonest?”) that an admittedly sauced Muldoon shot him down with, “It would be in order if it is in order for me to accuse the member for Mangere of being picked up by the police for homosexual activity”.

          Rowling then foolishly demanded an inquiry on a matter that would have gone away, and Moyle compromised himself by giving four different explanations for what he was doing on the evening in question.

          Typically Labour trolls have used it as ammuntion against Muldoon and National. The National Party was never happy about it, and in subsequent years Muldoon expressed regret – although he always stuck by his mates, and would always defend them against unjust.

          Now, got anything else?

          • Col

            A good old task master he was.

          • Kimbo

            I don’t agree with many of his policies, but if you were trying to administer that protectionist welfare state paradigm that the first Labour Government put in place, Muldoon was the most competent we ever had in trying to do it.

            The one criticism I would have of him was that he lacked vision for the alternatives, or, more exactly, he didn’t want to see people put through the pain of re-structuring. Which was why there WAS even greater pain when Douglas and Richardson implemented what had been delayed for too long.

            But Labour hypocrites were the first to make it personal with Muldoon. “Citizens for Rowling” was really a bunch of mincing left-wingers attacking Muldoon’s personality and style. Muldoon didn’t take any crap, and was an essentially honest man and a democrat who told everyone, including the electorate, what he thought. Compare that to a smarmy snake oil merchant like Cunliffe!

          • Toryboy

            In fairness – not that Moyle (or anyone else) knew this – but at the time the accusation was made, Muldoon’s accountancy firm were busy doing the books for “Mr Asia” Marty Johnstone and his Milltone group of companies (and not querying some rather odd transactions) hahaha!

          • Kimbo

            Wasn’t aware of that, Toryboy.

            Thanks for the info.

        • Kimbo

          “the talk of North Korea, Soviet style, communist, flaky, loony, cave dwelling comments aren’t ad-hominen attacks”

          Ultimately, no. They are a critique of policy. They may be exaggerated, maybe not depending on the ideological prism through which you view politics, but they are about primarily about political ideas, actions, and consequences, not personalities.

          Now, about the only other place you could go re National ‘nastiness’ that I can recall is the allegation of Helen Clark’s lesbianism. She somehow managed to blame National for Jim Anderton’s demand she march down the aisle before standing in Mt Albert in the 1981 election, and somehow Jenny Shipley’s election campaign advertising with shots of her family was a nasty Tory plot to highlight differences with Clark.

          Labour and the Greens are a massive political conspiracy theory. The big finance merchants, the big corportates, the nasty bosses are all out to exploit the working man and rape the environment.

          Sometimes the poor wise up, and realise they stay poor because they have believed a Children’s Crusade fairy tale in the form of left-wing politics. Then they hear a guy like John Key, who started just like them, with very little, but with the same opportunities as them, and they hear the words, “aspirational society”, and realise that is for them and their kids.

          Plot theories about nasty tories are a necessary invention of the left to distract. The tories don’t need to be nasty – all they want is for the implication of Labour policies to to clearly understood by the electorate, and they figure Kiwis are clever enough to work it out and vote accordingly.

          Which is why, as per you post, Labour and the Greens whine that scrutiny of policy is, “ad-hominen attacks”.

    • Muffin

      What’s nasty from this side?

      • johnbronkhorst

        Yes…along with the “lies” they claim National tell, I would like to see the list!
        We have a LONG list at the ready for the “nasty” actions of labour (and greens), and a LONG list of lies of both labour and greens.
        So lets see your list “rimutaka”!!!
        NOTE:
        Lies…definition: Falsehoods that you tell, that YOU know are falsehoods!!!

      • Rimutaka

        Seriously? Really? Just look at this thread, here’s a quote from your side on this thread about Cunliffe (or as whimsically called by many, the silent T) “Dead set, the greasy little Cunt Goblin has a Paedosmile.”

        As I said blind, but no doubt you’ll have some “rational” excuse that makes it ok….hello, anyone home? You lot are freaken hilarious.

        • Muffin

          Are you fucking simple? That’s a members post not a national party press release.

          • jaundiced

            Stop now guys. This thread about who is nastier is making you all look like infants

          • Bunswalla

            Oh, you’re just a poo!

          • Hazards001

            LOL

        • Pissedoffyouth

          John Key himself posted that

          • Patrick

            via the GCSB

        • Col

          Oh well Rimufucka, at least you get to laugh, and that is good for you so the doctors say. Hang in here don’t go away.

    • cows4me

      Better than the politics of the criminally insane.

    • john Doe

      After a comment like that I laugh alright. Otherwise i would sob!

  • Col

    Next time you look at JK and CC watch the difference, JK understands what he is saying, CC has trouble saying what he wants us to understand, true.

  • island time

    What separates Key, (and a few others), from Labour MP’s is that Key will only remain in the house for as long as he can make a positive contribution. Whereas the likes of Mallard et al tend to view it as a job for life…they cross all sorts of boundaries to remain at the trough. Did I read somewhere that Key donates his salary to charity?

  • johnbronkhorst

    “Why National is still popular after 5 years”
    Key work….STILL.
    Answer: EASY
    Unemployment coming down.
    Hospital waiting lists and times coming down
    road toll down
    crime down
    inflation down
    growth up (bucking the international trend)
    Other countries wanting to copy our good work.
    Budget will balance next year….as promised
    Income taxes down…ie take home pay up.
    Increases in electricity prices SLOWED to the rate of inflation (close to)
    etc etc
    In short…..SUCCESS at pretty much EVERYTHING they have tried with results in line with almost all their predictions.
    That is why they are STILL popular.
    All lab/green’s have is lies and innuendo, false promises and sleazy political attacks.
    No actual workable policy.

  • GazzW

    I posted yesterday that I had seen JK twice in action and bugger me, I went down to our local market for a coffee and a pastry this morning and the PM wandered in with a very laid back security guy. Both dressed in shorts and a tee. He queued up to buy some stuff to take home, paid himself and wandered off again. He didn’t approach anyone and just smiled and acknowledged the occasional “G’day John”. He was just like the bloke next door and that’s why Kiwis like him.

    • johnbronkhorst

      I tell you my next door neighbour is nowhere near as smart as John Key.

      • GazzW

        If he’s as laid back and as modest John then you’ve got a great neighbour. Jeez, we live in a great country when you can rub shoulders with your PM in an everyday environment and there’s zero BS. I dare say 90% of those present in the cafe this morning were totally unaware that he was there

        • Cowgirl

          In direct contrast to a certain other politician who recently felt the need to advertise his own café stop

  • johnbronkhorst

    “Labour leader David Cunliffe suspects the Prime Minister will play the Royal card during election year.

    Mr Cunliffe is predicting a Royal visit will be organised for 2014, as a way of boosting public opinion ahead of the election.

    “I think he wants them here and who knows what’s gone through his mind, but wouldn’t it be convenient to have wonderful royal photo opportunities in an election year”
    c/- Yahooxtra, today
    Not required david…..RESULTS will see National through. It is only labour who need sleaze campaigns, lies smoke and mirrors to FOOL the voters.

    • GazzW

      Cunliffe knows full well that a royal tour next year is almost certain. Why any political party would play the republican card currently is beyond me. Royal babies transcend all political boundaries David and the vast majority of NZ women of all ages plus a lot of men are going to be really peeved with labour if you go down that road. Absolute stupidity over such a minor matter (party/union tail wagging the membership vote?). Even your hardened mates in the MSM will cast you adrift in favour of chasing the perfect picture of Prince George on tour with his buzzybee.

      • timemagazine

        Let’s labour be stupid. It helps the rest of us.

  • Eiselmann

    I think Key has a lot to do with Nationals popularity, he seems in many ways an ‘everyman’, he certainly presents himself as a calm intelligent bloke and he’s seems very good at reading situations while staying true to himself. He’s also got a skilled team around him and National are producing results , certainly results that middle New Zealander agrees with since Nationals popularity hasn’t waned.
    Of course National has been blessed by the utter rubbish on the other side of the floor lead by the ‘anti everything greens’ and the Labour party who have been hampered by appalling leadership trying to juggle the interests of its own internal power groups forgetting that the real battle is for the population that is neither Gay, in a Union or spent a life time in Academics,
    Cunliffe is talking up Labours changes but he should be ,ore concerned about the greens …even my labour voting socialist mates are concerned that the Greens doing well might end up causing Labour to fracture into several smaller parties and say what you like about the watermelons that are political animals they will want as big a chunk of the vote as they can get to ensure their position in parliament.

  • Patrick

    But they are not gaffes, it is only the MSM that frown upon them, everyone else says good on ya John. The back story about a poor kid in a state house – old news, Kiwis now see him as a good pair of hands, a good administrator who hasn’t let the status of office go to his head. Unlike Herr KlakenFuher & the pretentious lying mendacious Cunliffe.

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