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The Art of the Makeover – New and Improved Advice for Mayoral Hopefuls

Photo: kiwiblog.co.nz

Photo: kiwiblog.co.nz

Photo: NZ Herald/Richard Robinson
Photo: NZ Herald/Richard Robinson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 I see that John Banks has taken his media trainers’ advice and begun to appear wearing an open necked shirt. According to a recent story in the Sunday Star Times, the candidate for the ‘Super Mayoralty’ was also counselled to be ‘more chatty’ when he talks and to ‘speak up’ about  his difficult childhood.

Political makeovers are tricky at the best of times. To be effective they need to be both gradual and subtle, their effect on the electorate’s consciousness almost subliminal. Obvious makeovers  make the public suspicious and resentful. They suspect that someone is trying to pull the wool over their eyes and are offended by the idea that they can be swayed by mere cosmetic change.  Read the rest of this entry »

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