Once, twice, Thrace

James Thrace posted this twice at The Standard wanting comments on it, so thrice might hive him some more feedback.


At present, we are seeing the long con strategy being utilised by National. Merkel’s Germany has been doing it to good effect.

How to do the long con.

1) Soften up the electorate as much as you can whilst retaining as many of the core policy settings that enable society to function (even while cutting funding left right and centre). This means temporarily swallow the dead rats.

2) Make the same soothing noises each time so as not to spook the horses.

3) Utilise the lack of MMP understanding to your advantage knowing that by and large, most voters don’t really care about the ins and outs. It suits National for voters to just know the ‘high level’ overview which is “vote for this party, and vote for that person”.

4) Incrementally, and surely, keep hammering home the same message of being “sound economic managers” and portraying the opposition as a bunch of inept muppets.

5) Constantly belittle any brainfart or policy ideas that erupt from those quarters.

6) Make any issues that crop up during your governing period anyone else’s fault but your own. Blame your support parties. Sheet home all responsibility to them (RMA delays = blame Maori party, Party Drug/Marijuana issues = blame Peter Dunne)

Once achieved, and the same message has sunk in, it’s odds on proof that the electorate is softened up and all the ducks are in a row, so now you can go hard.

Sell one message, and one message only.

Tax cuts, tax cuts, tax cuts.

Play to peoples wallets because 9 years of constant tax rises means people are poorer. Everyone is sick of hearing the same things – housing crisis, unclean water, mass sell offs of land etc.

Tax cuts, tax cuts tax cuts.

The majority do not care. The majority want more money to continue to obtain the things to buy to make their struggling, and probably miserable existence somewhat better. Consumerism has taught us all “feel down, buy junk, feel better.”

Tax cuts, tax cuts, tax cuts.

The majority listen, their ears perk up. More money say they! More money indeed say National.

Tax cuts, tax cuts, tax cuts.

9 years in power with constrained control under MMP, in order to keep selling yourself as the “long term” government is nothing. All people hear now are tax cuts. No one hears anything else. All talk of “30 new taxes since 2008” is ignored.

Tax cuts, tax cuts, tax cuts.

Overwhelmingly, the majority will vote for what’s good for their wallets. 9 long years of constantly struggling to get by and seeing more of your pay disappear each week means tax cuts will be a boon..

Tax cuts, tax cuts, tax cuts.

The opposition decries, “no, we can’t afford”. Shut up say the proletariat ‘You’re not the government, how do you know what we can afford. That John Key is such a nice guy’

tax cuts, tax cuts, tax cuts.

The masses hunger. They want these tax cuts. Nothing will stop them now from getting them. The party offering the message, simply, must. WIN!

Election day looms near. The repeated mantra of ‘tax cuts, tax cuts, tax cuts’ has assumed a soothing quality to the soma’d masses. No one wants to be a Delta, or an Epsilon. We all want to be Betas. Only the best can be Alphas. Being a Gamma wouldn’t be too bad, but a Beta is better.

Tax cuts, tax cuts, tax cuts.

Election day itself

Party vote “tax cuts” say the masses. The dutiful tick goes to the party with the right message.

After 9 long years of softening up the hoi polloi, the governing party is returned with an outright majority. Too late, the people awaken. The look of horror is abject. The next three years is a selloff. Too late, the damage is done, the plan is to be carried out. The bankers and merchant men took over the country.

New Zealand. The greatest experimental country for neo-liberalism to mass transfer and consolidate wealth to the few, since, well, ever.


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  1. Oh Dear. Some truth in there about incrementalism – National have played softly, softly. But….

    But seriously tax cuts are just the government GETTING OUT of your pocket instead of sticking their grasping hand deeper in to your pocket to extract every more money.

    Income tax cuts are no bad thing to balance out all the increases in government impost of the last decade: GST rise, levys at the Airport, etc etc etc.

    The Left don’t believe in individuals or individual effort ever, its all collective all the time. So you having more of your own money to spend or save as you see fit is anathema to their mindset of the State knows best, the State should always decide and we The Party should control the State. God they are bitter they are away from the position of control they had under Clark/Cullen.

    We spend a huge amount as a collective on health and education plus the enormous cost of the welfare state as it currently stands. But that is never enough for our comrades on the left and far left of centre….

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    • Blazer

       /  3rd December 2016

      ‘the Left don’t believe in individuals or individual effort ever,’….I’d love to see you expand on this.I doubt you can,as you appear so captivated by regurgitating cliches embedded by MSM.

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      • hahahahahah you never fail to delight and stick true to your stereotype trolling flicker….

        You want to prove the opposite d.head, go for it!!! Prove me wrong that the Left are not about the Collective trumping the Individual at all turns. Please be my guest… no? no? you prefer your little trolls

        Now be a good little troll and go wash you hair or something similar that doesn’t involve you thinking… ta ta…

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        • Blazer

           /  3rd December 2016

          predictable as ever Dave.Parroting generalisations with no substance.Yes labelling everyone who calls you out as a troll’ has become a default reaction from the right.So typical.

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          • wah wah wah goes the little flicker. Demands explanations but unwilling and unable to provide them itself….. Seriously Flicker you light grows dim…. why no actual rebuttal?

            Why no compelling answer full of proof the Left is all about the individual and not about being suborned to the collective and the collectives control function – the Party?

            Are you really an anarchist? Are you the unexpected a free marketer or maybe Trotsky is your idol?

            Come on – bring forth your wisdom and knowledge. Set out the case of rebuttal of my statement. Surprise me for once….

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            • Blazer

               /  3rd December 2016

              trying the same tired old defence.You make a statement you cannot back up and want me to convince you otherwise.Another F for Fail for you Dave.Your latter education clearly did not include objective analysis.The Natz theme of ‘Labour did it too’ inherent in your feeble rebuttal.

            • The stain on your pants is showing blazer….. your trolling force is weak and failing quickly.

              I have laid out an opinion. But you seem unable to ACTUALLY rebut that opinion with any counter factual of any description, instead you use typical diversionary approaches to avoid confronting the fact that you desperately want the hive mind to be the only way.

              I have now used up all of my responses for you Flicker till 1 March 2017. You enjoy you Christmas and New Year…. you desperately need some joy in your life…

            • Blazer

               /  3rd December 2016

              Fine Dave…its just an ‘opinion’!Can’t take it seriously unless its based on something however.When you lead with a fatuous line ..’The stain on your pants is showing blazer’…it is indeed time to cut and run,before you are walloped all around the forum.

  2. Alan Wilkinson

     /  3rd December 2016

    “Too late, the people awaken.”

    The author’s self delusion is right there. The voters can’t possibly have a different understanding from his, because his is the one true political perspective.

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    • That’s common in certain quarters.

      To an extent it is a significant part of Labour’s problem, they seem to think that as long as the media reports them accurately hundreds of thousands of non-voters will rise in support.

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      • Just read this today ( 20/3/21) Pete. How prescient was this though
        Labour got their wish and a perfect storm to boot.

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    • Kevin

       /  3rd December 2016

      The arrogance is strong in him. Basically he’s saying that if only we weren’t so dumb Labour would be in power and National gone.

      He’s the reason voters are leaving Labour in droves.

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  3. Another example of left wing delusion:

    Gosman:

    I think you need to define hard left and left a little better so that your definition of centre can be made clear. The right are very good at doing this. If you want to win the battle of the centre win it’s definition.”

    WILD KATIPO:

    Left 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Right

    1 = Cares about people – 10 = Doesnt give a shit

    All people are equal…but the further left you are the more equal you are.

    https://thestandard.org.nz/labour-moving-too-far-to-the-left-andrew-little-responds/#comment-1268793

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  4. Maggy Wassilieff

     /  3rd December 2016

    Some of us remember well how that great experiment in neo-liberalism went under Labour in the 1980s..selling off dozens of state assets….

    Why should we ever trust Labour again?

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    • Kevin

       /  3rd December 2016

      It went very well. Just think where we’d be if the Muldoon’s crony socialism was allowed to continue.

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      • Blazer

         /  3rd December 2016

        National leader Muldoons crony ‘socialism,has been superseded by National leader Keys crony….capitalism.

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    • Blazer

       /  3rd December 2016

      That was when Labour was hi jacked.As you will be aware the main culprits Douglas and Prebble became extreme right wing advocates.National of course eagerly continued the policies that have lead to monetising everything with the most spurious rationale ,and adopting neo liberal globalisation at the expense of the future of NZ and its citizens.

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  5. Blazer

     /  3rd December 2016

    Thrace has got it exactly right.Political guru Lynton Crosby basically says the same.Its no secret.Selling’ politicians,partys, is like selling a brand of insurance.Unfortunately with the reality of media today, Labour have to accept it and adopt it…..or be forever in opposition.

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  6. Gezza

     /  3rd December 2016

    “All people hear now are tax cuts. No one hears anything else. All talk of “30 new taxes since 2008” is ignored.”

    I haven’t heard much about that – would love to see those listed.

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  7. Corky

     /  3rd December 2016

    I guess when the pain gets too much you lash out. This commentator must believe he has ”worked things out.” He may have. Thing is he hasn’t thought of what comes after the National government…..Cuba? The last straw poll I saw taken on tax cuts had most people preferring money be spent on essential services. How socialist of them….maybe they had a moment of clarity between dreams of ” tax cuts.” Maybe voters aren’t as dumb as this chap thinks they are? Maybe they are dumb, but instinctively know the Left are dumber?

    Prattle on, bud. Try a fourth posting.

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