Does anyone but political tragics watch party political broadcasts?
Would even a political tragic be interested in the opening statements?
National’s showed John Key giving the facts on what has been achieved in the past three years and a plan for the future.
It looked ahead and was positive.
Labour’s started with a history lesson, high on emotion, low on facts with quite a few of what might be charitably described as half-truths.
They then went to Phil Goff’s father and Phil Goff himself interspersed with a few members of caucus also high on emotion and half-truths.
What was interesting was who was there and who wasn’t.
Damien O’Connor, the MP his party valued so lowly he jumped from the list with ill-grace rather than accept a low place, played a major part.
That made the absence of other senior MPs including deputy leader Annette King and David Parker, even more noticeable.
The broadcast looked to the past and was negative.
The Green Party’s by contrast was positive and scenic.
Was there a subliminal message in the co-leader’s clothes? Russel Norman in a light blue shirt with a green tie, Metiria Turei in a red blouse?
This one definitely looked good, pity the policies don’t match the appearance.
If I was a floating left voter, the Greens’ broadcast would have appealed more than the Reds which ought to concern Labour.