From Colin Espiner’s blog, his comments on English’s “gaffe” about privatisation:
One of the problems of being a party without any policies is that when the leadership so much as raises a suggestion of what the party might do, it is scutinised within an inch of its life, as opponents and the media try to figure out what it might mean.
National has been doing just fine in the polls without saying anything much at all, and doesn’t see why it should spoil this by saying something the public doesn’t like.
But this is only going to work for so long. It leads to issues like English’s gaffe on state asset sales and puts questions in voters’ minds as to exactly what National is planning, since it won’t tell us.