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April 29, 2009

Ominous

Filed under: Politics — danylmc @ 8:42 pm
I've watched c-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate

I am completely operational, and all my circuits are functioning perfectly

As a fanatical left-wing zealot I’ve found it frustrating to watch Key and his party repeatedly wipe the floor with Labour, especially so given that Key has not been a very formidible foe – he performed poorly in the house, was even worse in press conferences and looked shifty as hell whenever he was asked direct questions. But watching him on tv and listening to him in Question Time over the last couple days it’s obvious he’s getting better. He’s gaining confidence, finding his voice and growing into his identity as Prime Minister.

I think National’s poll numbers are going to decline but predict that Key’s will stay high and possibly even get higher.

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18 Comments »

  1. Interesting that you feel the need to describe yourself as a fanatical left-wing zealot. We of the VRWC recognize your inexorable drift to the right, even if you can’t yet admit it to yourself.

    Come over to the dark side Danyl … you know we have the true answers.

    Comment by vibenna — April 29, 2009 @ 8:45 pm

  2. Yes. It is your destiny…

    Comment by macdoctor01 — April 29, 2009 @ 9:32 pm

  3. I haven’t noticed him turning particularly right-wing. Maybe his destiny is to come over to the green side.

    Comment by kahikatea — April 29, 2009 @ 10:20 pm

  4. Didn’t you notice what John Key was sitting on? A GREEN chair – made from all natural sustainable products like cow skin, wood and horsehair. Not to mention his clothes – wool suit, cotton shirt, silk tie, leather belt, leather shoes. He is positively oozing sustainability.

    There ain’t nothing quite so green as the elite.

    Comment by vibenna — April 29, 2009 @ 11:37 pm

  5. To be honest, I’m starting to suspect this blog of being a right-wing proxy.

    A lot of the posts since the national victory have been ones dumping on Labour and Helen Clark. Where’s the positive stuff man???

    Comment by francoisbagkus — April 29, 2009 @ 11:49 pm

  6. If anything the collapse of the finance industry has made me more left-wing; but in general I think I’ve stayed where I’ve been for some time while Labour drifts away on it’s own weird little journey of identity politics, uninonism, irrelevency and blind ambition.

    Comment by danylmc — April 30, 2009 @ 4:10 am

  7. “the collapse of the finance industry has made me more left-wing”
    WTF? Get angry about bubble economics, Danyl, which got us into that poosition (and the Americans into theirs). Left/Right is irrelevent in this arguement.

    Comment by Clunking Fist — April 30, 2009 @ 7:08 am

  8. “But watching him on tv and listening to him in Question Time over the last couple days it’s obvious he’s getting better.”

    Why would anyone be surprised that someone who was obviously very successful in a field as challenging as currency speculation would get better at their job? I would have been gobsmacked if he hadn’t improved. He has shown very clearly that he is a very smart man. I disagree that National’s poll numbers will fall. I expect them to grow, if anything.

    Comment by radar — April 30, 2009 @ 9:56 am

  9. As I’ve pointed out when Helen Clark was PM and enjoying a huge lead as “preferred PM” it’s a stupid thing to ask as the PM isn’t directly elected. Unless that’s in Key’s Phase 2 as well?

    Comment by Rich — April 30, 2009 @ 2:58 pm

  10. “A lot of the posts since the national victory have been ones dumping on Labour and Helen Clark. Where’s the positive stuff man???”

    … it’s called ‘balance’ francoisbagkus – something The Standard is seriously lacking. They should take a page out of Farrar’s book and at least try give the appearance of objectivity occasionally.

    Comment by Mark — April 30, 2009 @ 3:23 pm

  11. As a fanatical left-wing zealot I’ve found it frustrating to watch Key and his party repeatedly wipe the floor with Labour

    And there was me thinking you were channelling Michael Bassett for a slightly younger audience. Despite this protestation the message sounds absurdly similar. However, I stand corrected from where I am sitting.

    Comment by Don — April 30, 2009 @ 3:36 pm

  12. We are all, by any practical definition of the words, foolproof and incapable of error.

    Comment by Neil — April 30, 2009 @ 4:08 pm

  13. Labour needs the “leaders in waiting” Shane Jones and David Cunliffe to come out of the shadows and contest the leadership. This bodging on Phil Goff is going nowhere fast. The party will need a shake up though to break out of the post defeat torper and an unlikely defeat in Mount Albert might just be the medicine needed.

    Comment by Lawrence Hakiwai — April 30, 2009 @ 4:08 pm

  14. Maybe I’m horrible about Labour because I’m actually very right wing. But they’re also doing very poorly in the polls and the majority of the press gallary and political pundits – including some historically left wing commentators like Matt McCarten – also think Labour are doing a rotten job right now. So I think its plausible that Labour are, actually, doing a rotten job and my comments reflect that rather than some far right ideological blindess.

    Comment by danylmc — April 30, 2009 @ 4:13 pm

  15. But,Danyl, this is a blog. You can’t base your posts on your actual opinions of what’s going on. You have to choose a side then perform the the blogger’s triage:

    1. Good for your team? -> make a big deal
    2. Pretty bad for your team? -> spin
    3. Terrible for your team? -> blog about something else

    If you don’t pick a team you might have to actually have to write something interesting to get readers, which is no way to go about it.

    Comment by david w — April 30, 2009 @ 4:27 pm

  16. Key is being aided by he fact that labour is distracted by the internal battle for control of the party. Coupled with the entire Labour/Epmu comms team still trying to fight the election and the loss of Heather Simpson to keep the more hysterical amongst them calm.

    This will continue until the next labour leader forms a new team around him and sends the existing idiots of out into the wider world to gain experience and common sense.

    Comment by barnsleybill — April 30, 2009 @ 5:01 pm

  17. It has been less than six months since Labour lost power. As we have seen, governments dont just transition into opposition overnight, god knows it took National about 4 and 1/2 years to become an opposition of any merit last time. There has been a good number of fresh MP’s not to mention a much smaller team behind the scenes who are still no doubt finding their feet in opposition. I think give it another year and (hopefully) we will have a more potent opposition, once Nationals changes have been given the test of time, I think the shine will definately begin to fade.

    Comment by jumpingonabandwagon — April 30, 2009 @ 5:29 pm

  18. Ah, but david w, to be fair, Danyl does write interesting things.

    Comment by vibenna — April 30, 2009 @ 5:32 pm


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