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Sunday, June 26, 2005

Brash Bombshell

When you have a presidential style election campaign with the two major parties (yes just two, Winston was only ever going to be a momentary sideshow) neck and neck at the end of the first lap, you look for unexpected 'circuit breakers.' A circuit breaker is some incident, some 'X' factor which cuts the campaign loose from conventional wisdom. We saw one of these today but it is yet to be recognised by the MSM commentators.

Dr Brash's speech to the Gnats conference this morning contained an extraordinary revelation, hitherto unknown to the vast majority of Kiwi voters and, in my opinion if handled properly, worth at least a four to five percent party vote swing from Labour to National. Sufficient swing, that is, to consign Peters to oblivious opposition where he excells.

I was brought up to believe that to be Christian was to be socialist.
I took myself out of school cadets and at the age of 18 registered as a conscientious objector.
I marched in demonstrations against nuclear weapons and against whites-only All Black tours to South Africa.
My Masters thesis, written under the guidance of a neo-Marxist economist, deplored New Zealand’s dependence on foreign capital.
And I voted for the Labour Party for years.
But I have come to my senses!

Here is a man who has been portrayed by Labour and the MSM as a dry, dour, uncaring, ascetic capitalist who would consign beneficiearies to the gutter for the sake of fiscal theory. Nothng, it now appears, could be further from the truth. Dr Brash joins the illustrious company of the late Sir Winston Churchill and erstwhile New Youk mayor Rudi Giulliani, both of whom were avowed 'liberals' before they too 'came to their senses.'

In the flash of a thirty second sound bite, Dr Brash has projected himself as the leader who has more genuine empathy with the feelings and aspirations of traditional Labour voters than the vastly over hyped and much airbrushed, worn out and discredited encumbent. For the first time, Labour people have been given a genuinely visceral reason to give their party vote to Don Brash.

Don't give your vote to party vote to National, give it to Don Brash. Of course he's a good guy, he voted labour for years.

Labour could never have expected this. I think I'm going to die laughing.

Posted by Adolf Fiinkensein | 6/26/2005 04:28:00 pm


Blogger Ashley Clarkson said...

That will certainly resound with some voters, if it is ever put to press.

This is not the first time he has admitted his swing from socialism to liberalism - it was mentioned in a North & South article last year (called "The Brash Attack" if I recall correctly. I still have it around somewhere).

6/26/2005 05:10:00 pm  
Blogger Gooner said...

Most of the ACT party, their supporters and their MP's voted Labour all their life too and came to their senses in about 1984.

6/26/2005 05:16:00 pm  
Blogger Lucyna said...

It's like we're all waking from a dream, one by one, isn't it?

6/26/2005 05:31:00 pm  
Blogger Paul said...

I couldn't agree more. In fact having just read his speach it would be really poor form for Labour to continue to villify him as an uncaring right-wing b'stard.

6/26/2005 05:43:00 pm  
Blogger Hugo said...

It was Winston Churchill who said;
"Any man who is not a liberal by the time he is twenty, has no heart. And any man who is not a conservative by the time he is thirty, has no brain."

6/27/2005 12:56:00 pm  

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