Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Mike Hosking: National will hope the current mood turns into votes

Our National Party got themselves some coverage in Australia yesterday because three of their senior players are over there campaigning.

The group is led by Chris Bishop and it shows a couple of things:

1) There are a lot of Kiwis in that part of the world so the pickings are particularly rich.

2) National are clearly organised given the election is a year away.

3) It’s a fascinating experiment, where mood, actions and reactions lead to votes.

The main reason they are over there is MIQ and the inability of tens of thousands of expats to access this country for such a long period of time during Covid.

The question I suppose is - is that anger, all those threats, that dismay, that outpouring of grief going to convert to votes for the opposition?

If you bottled the mood at the time, the Government would have been toast.

The MIQ system was shockingly designed, fundamentally flawed and ended up in court with a loss for the Government.

It was a foray into repression and fury that was never really needed and a very good example of what this Government has become famous for - dreaming up a plan then cocking it up.

The famous got access to The Wiggles and Jacinda Ardern's favourite DJs while people were locked out and forced to watch loved ones die, loved ones get married via zoom and that mad lottery of getting up at all hours and watching as you yet again got a number that would not get you anywhere close to getting a room and into the country.

Charlotte Bellis, remember her? The pregnant journalist who bullied her way in by embarrassing Chris Hipkins into submission - the whole thing was a grotesque mess.

So, are they still angry you reckon? Or have they moved on? Is there still payback for an opposition to be mined or do we see it in a new light?

Dan Andrews in Victoria locked his people down as badly as us, if not longer, and he got re elected over the weekend.

Did people forget, or forgive, or were they not that bothered to start with?

Our Government will be praying time heals all ills - and retribution isn't a driving force.

Mike Hosking is a New Zealand television and radio broadcaster. He currently hosts The Mike Hosking Breakfast show on NewstalkZB on weekday mornings.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

They don't appear to be too worried about retribution Mike, given they're pushing 3 (or 5) Waters, no holds barred. They obviously believe their own propaganda (actually, total bs in this instance), for when the true costs (financial and otherwise) of this rort begins to sheet home, I'd be rather worried if I were them.