Judith Collins is gone, and finally National can try to get what has been a shambles of a campaign so far back on the right track.
John Key was very open to the media this weekend, saying he is “firm but fair”, and the situation regarding former justice minister Judith Collins will hopefully now be behind Key and his National Party as the countdown to the 2014 general elections continues on. Key was also strong to say he wanted to focus on “real issues” that effect New Zealand when asked once again about the impact of Dirty Politics, a recently released book written by Nicky Hager.
58% of people who voted on Fairfax Media’s Stuff website this morning believe the Collins resignation will hurt John Key’s campaign for a third term.
It would be easy to look at this entire saga and simply say that there is no smoke without fire.
This is what the Labour Party and David Cunliffe are relying on. They want people to believe that all in the National Party cannot be trusted. But despite Cunliffe’s impressive performance during the first leaders debate last week, he still has a big fight ahead of him yet if he hopes to become the next Prime Minister of New Zealand.
Child poverty, foreign investment, lack of pay rate increases, and the all to talked about “the rich get richer and the poor get poorer” is a big issue that National must do better at addressing if they reign supreme after the election once again.
National clearly takes the viewpoint that the New Zealand economy cannot grow without investment, and can that really be denied?
Despite the intentions of David Cunliffe, it isn’t hard to be a little nervous about his credible campaign.
It is all well and good to say that under a Labour led government foreign investment will not be allowed, it is all well and good to say in your election campaign that you will make it possible for kiwis to buy their own homes, it all sounds so nice and so convincing. But John Key is right, with the state of the economy (remembering the economy is still suffering from the recession), Labour will be putting a focus on kiwis renting their houses for years, and how could Labour refuse all foreign investment, again given the state of the economy.
Wether you are a Labour person or a National person, most New Zealanders simply want a government that will reward hard work with decent pay, keep children out of poverty, and be firm but fair. The economy isn’t strong enough to sustain the amount young kiwi mothers coming out of school pregnant and without a job, it isn’t strong enough to give every single person earning an income a tax decrease, and it certainly isn’t strong enough to go without some sort of foreign investment.
Key’s answer of “I hope so” when asked if kiwis would receive a tax cut next year is exactly correct. He can’t definitively know either way. The NZ economy doesn’t just start and finish with the amount of dollars you end up with (or don’t end up with) in your bank at the end of each fortnight.
But no matter how positive Key and his National party are, no matter how hard they downplay the bad media.
There is absolutely no denying that the Dirty Politics and Judith Collins saga has seriously hurt their campaign, and it will continue to make the average New Zealander question the ethics of this “more than meets the eye” current state of the National Party.