You become victim of your own policies.
Following a funny post over at the Land of Extremists (know to you and me as Kiwiblog) re Keys insane decision to legislate (but not actually set time frames or tell them what to do) to invest 40% of the $14b Kiwisaver fund in NZ.
There was wide spread condemnation of said planned legislation, from what I could tell all but one serious economic commentator, forecaster or analyst were quote quite literally taken aback by the plan, some thought it “disastrous”, others “terrified” and it made their “blood-curdle”.
Funny thing, over at the Key fan club they were still supporting this plan in the face of the overwhelming opposition. But you know you’ve done a boob, when the hall monitor of parliament, Rodney Hide feels he has to speak out (on a public blog).
“The first is that he knows it’s a dumb idea but thinks it smart politics. That would make the commitment woeful and irresponsible.
The second is that he thinks it’s a good idea – now that would be truly appalling”
So to recap on the first week of the campaign trail
strike 1, scrap R&D – piss of Business NZ and the Manufacturers and Exporters Association.
strike 2, 40% legislation – piss off all bar one genuine economic commentator & forecaster (and only natural coalition partner ATC)
strike 3, lied to either Pita Sharples or the Public – piss either all of Maoridom off or everyone else off.
How many strikes was it under National’s crime policy. I think Key qualifies for no parole.
Now that’s comedy.