David Farrar and the NZ Listener - the other losers in larger classroom size abortion
It isn't just National and Hekia Parata who are bleeding heavily after the larger class room fiasco. This political mismanagement and strategic incompetence has swamped National Party proxies as well.
The fallen angel of NZ media, The Listener, was the chosen vehicle Treasury used to spin class sizes. That the Listener allowed itself to be so manipulated by Treasury makes The Listener little better than an embedded Fox News 'journalist'. The NZ Listener was once the bastion of intelligent liberal opinion, but the beige of middle class pretension turned the leafy burbs pro John Key ever since he batted his flirty eyes their way.
Think of the NZ Listener now as a Ponsonby housewife facing menopause wanting one last fling with a charmless, witless, chinless multi-millionaire. It's not much of a fantasy but it's the best their empty busy lives can muster.
Watching the ease with which Treasury played them by trying to seed the larger classroom meme leaves one with a very simple lesson. Don't read the Listener.
The mainstream media have become so right wing that we don't even recognize the bias any more. When Paul Holmes isn't writing racist diatribes against Maori just to boost his media attention before returning to Q&A, John Roughan is writing homophobic junk so baseless that you wonder if he's taking the piss in that boring way old people sometimes do to try and be far more edgy and relevant to the debate than they actually are.
Honestly, Roughan is against Gay Marriage because homophobic children will tease them at school? That's his justification for continued inequality, the bigotry of other kids? He's not a brave one is he our John Roughan.
But I digress, the other damaged party who is swamped by National's political mismanagement also happens to be the worst example of how hard right our media have become is in the form of the bore of Babylon, David Farrar. How the Governments chief propagandist and pollster has been allowed an unchallenged role in the media with no attempt at a competing counter opinion is an empty question when the media think hard right spin drs have anything more to offer than soft sell message points as 'opinion'.
Watching David Farrar back peddle over the larger class room sizes has to be one of the most entertaining and hilarious attempts at speaking out of both sides of your mouth any political junkie will savor.
Farrar has the added ignominy of having demanded that National stand firm, right up until his polls turned and thens suddenly so did David's opinion. It is contemptible at best, schadenfreude at worst. Read the column and laugh long and hard.
Those who have been so easily manipulated or were trying to manipulate over larger classroom sizes have been dealt as hard a blow as the Government have.
National have been hurt by this and so have their echo chambers.