The recent distractions over funding and trusts etc are just that, filibusters. Key/National are working very hard to emphasise this sideshow stuff. If they can just keeeep talking until the election they figure they’ll have the election in the bag. They will do absolutely anything in their powers to keep the focus off the substantive problems. The very last thing that National wants is for there to be rigorous public discussion about topics like the cost of housing, child poverty, inequality or under employment…these are but a few of the 500lb gorillas in the room for National.
On the odd occasion when the media has picked up on the magnitude of a big issue, eg GCSB, Key was under the spotlight and he was sweating. Remember when he was changing his story every 5 minutes? Remember when he stormed out of a press conference? Remember when he couldn’t remember?
He certainly doesn’t want anything like that to happen in the lead up to the election so we have seen a steady stream of light-weight dross from National such as Flag changes and focussing on Labour leadership and trusts etc. Even Collins taking a hit over Oravida is actually a good thing for National because it is a beltway issue that won’t really lose them votes but takes up space in the news which potentially could have been filled with a much more difficult story for National.
I’m looking forward to the time when the media spotlight inevitably does go back to the things that actually matter to the electorate because, when it comes to those matters, National has absolutely no answers.