Editorial: Moore's scattergun shooting hit some targets dead centre

Editorial: Moore's scattergun shooting hit some targets dead centreIn public life, Mike Moore always was something of a loose cannon. David Lange, in his memoir My Life treated him more kindly than many of his contemporaries when he remarked that Moore was "impulsive and, in his enthusiasm, not… [NZ Politics]

The Mike Moore story continues to have legs and continues to hurt Labour more than any hit National has put on them in recent memory.The Herald Editorial hits the nail right on the head when it says that Moore's scattergun shooting hit some targets dead centre. They are not the only commentator fingering Clark as the ring leader despite her holier than thou? appearances.

[quote]Labour may not like it, but the fact is that many of Moore's random shots hit their targets dead centre. The co-ordinated Parliamentary attack on Key did him no damage at all but severely dented the Government's own credibility. The fact that the second wave of attacks, the queries raised about Key's multiple addresses which turned out to have no substance, was led by Pete Hodgson, whose health portfolio is full of far more pressing problems than the Opposition leader's domestic arrangements, simply compounded the offensiveness of the approach.

The PM may maintain a lofty distance from the Government's recent strategy but we may be sure she is driving it. Whether it is the politics of personal destruction or the rough-and-tumble of Parliamentary politics in an age where proportional representation makes for odd allies is a matter that may be debated. What is beyond dispute is that it is having a disastrous effect on the Government's popularity. In the latest Herald-DigiPoll survey, National has doubled its lead over Labour and could, if the results translated into election votes, govern alone.

The PM's office blamed the figures on the Benson-Pope effect but must surely know that, if the unlamented environment minister could alone have such an impact on the Government's electoral fortunes, it would have long ago been polling below the 5 per cent threshold. It may like to consider an alternative explanation: that Mike Moore has a point. Or two. And that what he thinks, many voters are thinking too.[/quote]