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Emperor’s new clothes?

Written By: - Date published: 6:41 pm, June 28th, 2009 - 3 comments
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I was in relaxed, Saturday mode, perusing the Dom Post at my leisure. Then I read this from Tracey Watkins and checked that the world had not shifted in alignment:

Has the Government lost its mojo? How else to explain the uncanny quiet that has descended on the Beehive in recent weeks? It may be that the Government is taking a breather after a chaotic few weeks courtesy of Richard Worth, Mt Albert and Christine Rankin. But it’s more likely that John Key and his ministers have been shaken by the reminder that honeymoons can easily be squandered.

It is early days for a government to become gun shy, but post-Rankin a new conservatism appears to be creeping through the ranks.

If its initial period in office was marked with the sort of gung-ho enthusiasm that comes only with a huge mandate and faith in its gut instinct, there has been so little action lately that it’s as if the Key Cabinet is tiptoeing through a minefield.

National still have some time to get their focus back but, in terms of planning, the summer break is not that far away. If they want people to enter the lazy hazy days of Christmas parties and holidays feeling a little more confident about life in Godzone then they got to act soon I think…

3 comments on “Emperor’s new clothes? ”

  1. Mickyy Jackson 1

    I have always been “gun shy”,

  2. I know
    give the benes a grand a piece, as summer breaks, it will b glorious

    captsha: fiddle city – I’m so gonna call meself that

  3. Anita 3

    National must’ve shunted an awful lot of legislation to select committee during their first 100 days. Figuring out how to deal with it in select committee and once it comes back to the House, not to mention negotiating all that with their allies, will be a whole new kind of difficult. Many of their support agreements included taking things to select committee, so they’re may well get all wobbly and in need of additional backroom deals now.

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