On TV3 last night John Key was continuing to tell outright porkies about how advanced National is with its “policy” development compared with Labour in 1999. Key’s figure of 14 policies is derisory – as John Armstrong wrote in the Herald on Saturday, some of the 14 are assurances of what National would not do, others merely copy Labour’s position. In June 1999, five months out from that year’s election, Labour’s policy machine was nearing peak production. It had released the commitment card, with its seven core promises. The card included final policies that’d been released on industry policy, housing, tax (raising the top rate from 33c to 39c) and superannuation (restoring the super threshold to 65% of the weekly wage, setting up the super fund). Labour had pledged to increase the minimum wage, and scrap the National government’s work-for-the-dole agency. Policy poisitons had been outlined in respect of asset sales and producer boards. Its key health platform – restoring elected boards – had been announced. There had been a promise to scrap the bulk-funding of schools. Discussion documents on the voluntary sector and creative industries were in the public arena. And so the list goes on. All this can be verified by anyone prepared to search media files from the winter of 1999. Unfortuantely our supine media is not energised enough to do so. So the mendacious member from Helensville continues to wing it. And largely get away with it.