It has been revealed that Bill English isn’t the only senior Nat who has been discussing a secret agenda behind closed doors. On TV3 tonight, a recording was played of Lockwood Smith saying:
“There’s some bloody dead fish you have to swallow… to get into Government to do the kinds of things you want to do… and you have to balance up what really matters.”
“If you try to do everything differently you’ll scare the horses and under MMP it’s very hard to win.”
“Once we have gained the confidence of the people, we’ve got more chance of doing more things.”
“We may be able to do some things we believe we need to do, perhaps go through a discussion document process… you wouldn’t be able to do them straight off. … I’m hoping that we’ll do some useful things that way, that may not be policy right now.”
Earlier today, English, in a humiliating charade, appeared before journalists under Key’s gaze to ‘clarify’ that he ‘mis-spoke’ and used ‘loose language’ in his recorded comments and TV1 interview*. The revelation that Lockwood Smith was assuring delegates about the same secret agenda behind closed doors totally discredits any credibility that English’s ‘clarification’ might have had. Unless we’re expected to believe that Lockwood misspoke too….
*(so, when he said National will sell Kiwibank “eventually, but not yet”, I guess a tighter version of that would have been “we’re not telling the punters yet but we’re going to sell Kiwibank” and, when he repeatedly said Working for Families is “complex” rather than say Key understood, it a clearer verison would have been “Key is to dumb or lazy to understand pretty basic maths”).