I believe there are three core criteria on which a politician or party needs to be judged: (in no particular order) – policy, competency, trustworthiness – Do they have a good plan, are they capable of implementing such a plan, can we trust them to carry out the plan if we vote for them.
National’s flip-flops strike at trust. They’re not simply a matter of Key et al looking like damn fools for vowing to oppose things like Working for Families ‘with every bone in their bodies’ then turning around and saying they’ll keep them. They’re a sign that you can’t trust National to hold true to the policy promises it makes. If they can flip over and over again, there is absolutely no guarantee that they won’t flop back into their old attitudes if they win power.
John Key voted against Kiwisaver 40 times in the last two years, now he says he supports it. Six months into a Key Prime Ministership, do you know whether he will be for Kiwisaver or against it? How about the anti-nuclear policy, or SOE sales, or Working for Families. Do you know whether Key will stick to his current policy or flip back to his old one? No-one knows, probably not even Key himself. Will you support a candidate for Prime Minister who you can’t trust to stick to his promises?