Keep Left NZ has released a video which includes rather crudely edited footage of various public statements Don Brash has made. The video splices together soundbites to have the effect of put the following words in Don Brash’s mouth:
We’re basically making a statement of principle. National would like to deliver tax relief to buy votes. New Zealanders can never afford the tax relief. I’m looking at cutting taxes and we propose to savagely cut government spending, particularly in the education and health sectors. We shall start in the first budget. And the risk is that ordinary, middle-class, middle-income New Zealanders don’t want, er, the last thing New Zealanders want is a sharp increase in interest rates.
While I appreciate the role of satire in political campaigning, I think this video takes things too far. A fun, tongue-in-cheek, boisterous campaign, involving some rough and tumble debate, is a wonderful thing. But putting words in someone’s mouth by trying to make it appear that he said something he did not, is another. Even though few people will be fooled by the video, it’s nevertheless deceitful and regrettable.
Don Brash should be beaten in the battle of ideas, not the battle of cheap gimmicks.