Colin Espiner suggests National might have to fight Labour’s fire with some of its own:
Labour is so much better at attack politics than National. Perhaps it’s time Key followed Clark’s advice to her own troops and told them to “put on your hard hats”.
Attack on issues and policy (or lack of it) is one thing. Dishing out the dirt as Labour has been doing is quite another. Please don’t go there.
You should have more than enough facts for which you can hold Labour to account without following their example of dredging the depths of their imaginations for muck to rake.
They think chucking mud will work because they judge people by their own low standards. Please show us you have a much higher regard for the intelligence and perception of voters.
You will need to fight hard but you don’t have to fight dirty.
Mud sticks to the hand that throws it and New Zealand needs a Prime Minister with clean hands.
Yours in hope,