Pushing a perception – gutsy or stupid

Going by the lines Andrew Little and Metiria Turei have been pushing, and others like JulieAnne Genter – see No NZ First aim – and Martyn Bradbury bombs on basic facts where he says “that new perception changes everything” it has become apparent what the strategy is.

There’s been a number of claims about ‘perceptions’ being all important over the last few months.

Labour and Greens want to to create the  perception in polls that Labour+Greens can compete head to head with National, and hope that will then become a reality.

They are deliberately leaving Winston Peters out of their MoU lines.

Andrew Little, Metiria Turei and James Shaw in weekend interviews tried to divert from any mention of Peters or NZ First, and also in their speeches at the Green conference they repeated ‘change the Government’ and Labour and Greens over and over with no mention of the elephant in their election room.

They are working on creating a Labour+Green versus National perception, hoping to turn that into a reality.

Turei called it a game changer.

But if reality remains as it is, or if Labour or Greens or both take a hit in the next few polls, the opposite perception could become apparent – that there is no way they can make Government without Peters and NZ First.

Peters will be doing everything he can to promote the latter perception, and to pick up as many disillusioned Labour voters as he can to make his perception the reality.

Labour and Greens have effectively changed the battle they had and will now be fighting on two fronts, against Key and National, and against Peters and NZ First.

That’s either very gutsy or quite stupid.

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13 Comments

  1. Kitty Catkin

     /  6th June 2016

    Stupid-if they don’t think that the perception is that this is a marriage of convenience that will never be consummated, thus leaving the way open for it to be annulled.

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  2. John Schmidt

     /  6th June 2016

    There was a leader in WW2 who thought he could win by having multiple fronts to fight on. It ended badly for that leader.

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  3. Halliver

     /  6th June 2016

    It’s like listening to the bankers before the GFC hit, they all had their heads in the sand just like most of the commentators on this blog. The National party have no show of winning the next election, now that the left have come to their senses and formed a formidable alliance that not even god himself could stop. The people needed a party that could take on the greedy Nats, and now their prayer’s have been answered. The people have a voice now and they are saying change the government.

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    • Gezza

       /  6th June 2016

      FMD. Botswana insurgency sorted already?

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    • Gezza

       /  6th June 2016

      We need to watch the polls Halliver. No one has any idea how this deal is going down with the plebs yet. It’s extraordinarily vague & I for one can’t imagine them jointly developing a coherent economic policy or forming a stable government yet.

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      • PDB

         /  6th June 2016

        The MOU is like combining Halliver and Blazer and expecting rational, intelligent & well informed comments as a result.

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        • Gezza

           /  6th June 2016

          They still don’t get the idea of the political slogan. They seem to have chosen “change the govenment”. Which opposition party doesn’t say that?

          Contrast that with “Nanny State” & how simple & effective that was.

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  4. Blazer

     /  6th June 2016

    perception trumps reality.There is no 2 fronts.Winston couldn’t care less.Its only the right dreaming up scenario’s….must be worried.

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    • PDB

       /  6th June 2016

      Yep – worried that Labour and Greens have publically admitted they need each other to govern even though Labour and Greens have always needed each other to govern. Game-changer.

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  5. Fighting on 2 Fronts? Use the Napoleans doctrine of central position to keep your 2 opposing forces separated – defeat the weaker one then turn on the stronger with all your forces…

    But that is not going to work for Labreens as Winnie is to canny for them and will go guerilla tactics picking off Labours conservative supporters…..

    However if they get the media onside then they have a slim chance. But interestingly Lisa Owen on The Nation sliced and diced the Labreens on their divergent policies around deep sea oil drilling. She exposed the gaping canyons between the parties in about 80 seconds and Little & Turei looked damn unconvincing and uncomfortable in her spotlight.

    And if Owen can make them squirm like a worm on the hook going to the fishes, then Key, English and Joyce will have them dancing like water on a griddle.

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  6. For Labour and the Greens to be able to create a perception that they are capable of governing New Zealand, they need to convince me that their policies are not determined by idealogical imperatives. As long as their present constitutions remain as they are, they have a huge problem as far as I am concerned. Both Constitutions promise marxist-leninist ideology as their raison d’etre, and I for one am adamantly opposed to the idea that the state owns all of the means of production. My ancestors left for New Zealand to rid themselves of class warfare and in pursuit of the freedom of the individual. I am here to defend their aims against socialist ideology.

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