Remember Nats’ clumsy charade?
Re: Some, mirrors — Oct 11.
Murray Ferris’s loyal support for the near-defunct National Party is admirable but in criticising the Prime Minister’s efforts to connect with local people, he seems to be forgetting that this is a favoured tactic of his own side, though a failed one.
Remember Judith Collins strolling Auckland streets to encounter carefully placed groups of supposedly random citizens? It was a clumsy charade that contributed to her steady decline in support and the disastrous vote that followed. Anyone can arrange a small rent-a-mob as Judith’s advisers did but that is hardly comparable with Jacinda Ardern’s continuing efforts to increase the vaccination of this country by travelling to provincial areas on what is actually a matter of life and death.
No East Coasters being carefully placed at gateways and on footpaths in this district! Just the usual enthusiastic support for a political leader who continues to inspire by her genuine concern, her openly friendly approach and her lack of guile.
When did Mr Ferris ever hear her abuse political opponents, attacking the person and not the argument? Compare that with the patronising and arrogant superiority of Collins’ random insults during last year’s Leaders’ Debates on television.
Spot the many differences but don’t confuse sincerity with cynicism.