Back to the future (again)

Written By: - Date published: 9:51 am, October 1st, 2007 - 3 comments
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So John Key wants to sell our schools.

The National caucus must be a strange place to be right now. Feeling kind of good to be ahead in the polls but knowing that every time you release any real policy you’re going to take a hit.

What this latest admission shows is that National hasn’t changed its spots since Brash. Turns out Key was actually telling the truth when he told Investigate magazine that he wouldn’t change the policy, just the tone. That could make it the first demonstrable fact that Ian Wishart has ever published.

So the Nats haven’t changed. Theirs is still an agenda of spending cuts and asset privatisation. Maharey is calling the schools announcement a “faultline issue”. I suspect it could be one of many.

3 comments on “Back to the future (again)”

  1. rjs131 1

    Can you highlight where it says schools are going to be sold? Are you goign tobe registering the same degree of anger at private landlords in wellington that charge super rentals to government ministries?

  2. Z K Muggletonspofin 2

    Two things happened on the weekend that we’ve never seen before. Firstly, Al Baxter scored a try for Australia, his first try in tests & that’s astonishing news and indicates that he might be better on the wing than at prop.

    Secondly, the smile on John Key’s face has turned from pink to a decidedly blue smirk. Mark this weekend down as a turning point for National’s election chances in 2008 because it followed a week in which National admitted to plans to ditch limits on doctors’ fee increases and that state-owned enterprises(SOEs)could be partly sold under a National government.

    To realistically run a government a party has to eventually have policy. Key is discovering that empty smiles and hollow rhetoric will neither satisfy his hard right constituents, nor a majority of reasonable New Zealanders.

  3. all_your_base 3

    Hi rjs131,

    In parseltongue “no plans to sell existing schools” translates directly as “we’ll sellsss the schoolsss the momentsss we getss the chance, ssssssss”.

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