John Key arrives at the National Party Conference from the 7th Gate of Hell
Everyone has slammed National for not having any new ideas and have painted the conference as stale and have claimed National don’t know who or what they are.
Such claims seem suspiciously complacent.
What most commentators have failed to grasp is that National didn’t offer any real new policy because they don’t have to.
National are polling at stratospheric levels for an Opposition Party and that’s because of two very simple reasons.
The first is that National’s supporters are cemented into place by vested interests.
People with more than 3 properties vote National.
Farmers up to their eyeballs in debt, vote National.
Chinese migrants vote National.
Those who feel alienated by the Left’s wokeness vote National.
Small business votes National.
Big business votes National.
These vested interests did incredibly well out of National over 9 years, they want exactly what they got last time, they don’t want or need new policy to challenge any of the status quo that has benefited them immensely over a decade.
The second reason National don’t have to roll anything new out is because despite our tiny population size, NZ culture is as deeply segregated as a woke Wellington Union staff members twitter feed.
Those vested interests I listed above will never ever ever ever ever ever vote for Jacinda and it didn’t matter that once the economic books had been opened and revealed the true extent of the grotesque underfunding that had occurred under National, those vested interests didn’t give a fuck.
They will vote National come hell or high water.
We are fooling ourselves if we think National are failing, they are not. We are the ones failing to appreciate how much support National actually has and how deep the cultural segregation really is.
The new Government’s only hope is to bring in new voters who haven’t been inspired to vote before and to try and hold their share of supporters.
Once National get Mark Mitchell to stand for the new Conservatives, this illusion that National can’t reach 51% will be well and truly dispelled.
The Left is failing itself by underestimating National and Simon Bridges.