Incite Politics

The spirit of the times

Politicians do not seize the zeitgeist, the zeitgeist seizes them. It is simply not enough to be clever, articulate, telegenic and rich (or even all four at once!) if your political message is not connected, in some way, to the “spirit of the times”. Over the past week, many people have been asking themselves why Gareth Morgan’s “The Opportunities Party” (TOP) failed to reach the 5 percent MMP threshold. (Including, one imagines, Morgan himself!) They shouldn’t be. In an era when the average voter’s trust in the economic, social and cultural elites registers just a little lower . . .

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