Incite Politics

Trotter: Time for National to get specific

It has become standing operating procedure for mainstream political parties to offer the voters general themes ahead of specific policies. The party strategist?s greatest fear is that his opposite number will steal any policy which his party is foolhardy enough to place before the electorate too far ahead of the election. Better by far to offer the ?punters? a rich campaign diet of emotionally-charged accusations and aspirational appeals. Specific policy details are best released after the votes have been counted ? not before . . .