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…