A curious statement by a National conference protester from yesterday:
Bentley-Payne said Key’s “mandate” talk was meaningless. “A quarter of the population didn’t vote last year. We want to connect with those people.”
For a start a quarter is less than those who voted for National.
And speaking for a group of people who chose not to vote or couldn’t give a stuff about voting is a very odd mandate to claim.
I hear the non-voter dream often – “if only the million people that have been duped by National would vote for us we would be in our leftful place in power”.
No one can claim any support or mandate from those that don’t exercise their right to vote.