Recycled campaigning

Party campaign strategies seem to be trying to put as much out as often as possible. They risk driving people away from the election through overkill.

And to fill their sound bite targets parties are resorting to recycling old stuff.

Yesterday the Greens launched their new campaign without Metiria Turei – by ditching their new slogan and going back to their 2014 election slogan.

Today Labour announced a School Leavers’ Toolkit to equip young people for adult life – which was largely a rehash of policy announced in 2015 with a bit of detail added.

Also today National announced details of a $100m social investment mental health package – which had already been announced in the budget in May. They have just added some details.

David Seymour kept banging on about how different Act are to National – Forget boot camp, fix failing schools – and also attacked Labour – Labour’s civics classes: dodgy dodgy dodgy – and NZ First – Winston’s Racist Attack against Sikh’s Freedom of Religion.

The only original announcement was from peter Dunne, but this was not party news, it was as Minister of Internal Affairs –  NZ govt says Australia’s Joyce is NZ citizen.

So far this week the Aussies are beating us hands down for interesting political news.

10 Comments

  1. Kitty Catkin

     /  August 14, 2017

    One doesn’t have to be a mathematician to work out out how much Labour’s ‘free’ education’ will cost every worker in NZ. The minimum wage workers will be paying for the millionaire’s children to go to university.

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  August 14, 2017

      It’s roughly $1000 for every person in employment-rob the poor to help the rich ?

    • Blazer

       /  August 14, 2017

      so how much is the cost then?

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  August 14, 2017

        There are about 2,000,000 people in paid work-that’s about $1000 each (?) every year for each one.

        • Blazer

           /  August 15, 2017

          well I’m not a mathematician so please simplify how you arrived at your equations,i.e based on what statistics,and how you correlated the student ratio with your financial projections.

          • Kitty Catkin

             /  August 15, 2017

            2,000,000,000 (projected cost in round figures) divided by 2,000,000 (also round figures) =1000.

            One simply has to remove 000.

          • Kitty Catkin

             /  August 15, 2017

            There is no need to know how many students there are, one simply divides the money by the number of those who will be paying it. QED.

            • Blazer

               /  August 15, 2017

              I see,so if there are 50,000 students wanting free education,the cost will be the same as if it was 20,000.No you are not a mathematician….are you!Bol.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  August 15, 2017

              You can’t really be that stupid.

              $2,000,000, 000 would be spent.

              $2,000,000 people would be paying this.

              That makes $1000 each.

              Stop being deliberately obtuse. The cost and number paying it are the issue, not the number benefitting. Jacinda Ardern quoted the cost as $2,000,000,000.

              Of course the cost wouldn’t be the same if the numbers suddenly soared or plummeted, the figures are based on what IS, not some theoretical change.

          • Kitty Catkin

             /  August 15, 2017

            You must have been one of those smart-alec school pupils who pretend not to understand and make the teacher explain it over and over-or try to. I have known a few of these. It is obvious that they are just trying to wind someone up.