We’ve seen a plethora of commentators criticising the National/ACT’s performance thus far. Colin James sums it up well:
Key’s past week was mixed at best, notably in the House where his take on mandate reeks of FPP arrogance. His tap-dancing on climate change risks serious consequences. He badly needs lessons in international relations.
James goes on to express the hope that things will get better but I fear that hope may be in vain. We are seeing a continuation in a pattern of behaviour that has been long-established; the Tories aren’t going to change. Key is not going to become more democratic, more open, more consistent, more diligent, or take care to learn how to govern well for the simple reason that Toryism is not about governing well it is about being in government – maintaining and extending the existing system of class privilege by keeping the Left out.