To: John Key
4 August 2008
What’s up with you guys?! First English, now this Smith guy. The Plan depends on everyone sticking to the message and only the message. All the time. Hell, even Boris managed that much, after we stopped his booze supply.
You will need to reiterate to Caucus that all our polling and focus group data shows clearly that to win you need the Labour Plus voters thinking that they can bank Labour’s social policies and that they don’t have to worry about another round of Ruthanasia. This is a precondition to them accepting your tax cuts. ANY deviation from this line jeopardises the election.
They do not need to worry about party members. The big donors are sorted, and that’s all that matters at this point.
In the meantime, proceed with the “red herring” strategy we discussed yesterday. Our papers have promised to stress this aspect of the story. We need to bury it quickly so that it doesn’t interfere with the Peters scam.
[Update: The Standard note, in respect of the diversionary tactics employed by Key (i.e. say it’s Labour’s doing, even when you have no evidence) that, “Labour denies all knowledge and frankly they wouldn’t have the balls to do something like this. In desperation, Key also suggested that the tape is somehow doctored, which is ludicrous, seeing as English has already confessed to his comments…”]