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5:15 pm, September 25th, 2007 - 1 comment
Categories: national - Tags: national
On Agenda on Saturday English admitted that the Nats will consider selling parts of New Zealand’s state owned enterprises. In response, Clayton Cosgrove got stuck in first and the PM’s now in on the act too.
This is the second big headache for the Nats that Bill has caused recently. First it was cuts to Superannuation and now the truth on their privatisation agenda.
Don’t be fooled by appearances though – Bill’s a cunning politician, someone who understands that these ideas are politically untenable with the electorate.
Why then would he raise them so publicly? I can’t help but think that he’s out to subtly destabilise Key.
With this type of privatisation ‘gaffe’ you can normally choose between a ‘cock-up’ theory and a conspiracy explanation. If you’re going with the conspiracy one, I think it probably more of a ‘testing the waters’ one. English has possibly decided to stick his neck out a bit and see if there’s much support for these limited scale floats. If the public reaction is strongly negatively, then National can quite simply back-peddle (as they are so good at doing) well before the election and make promises not to privatise etc.