Tomorrow John Key will be announcing policies on youth unemployment. Looks like rehashing of the already announced Youth Guarantee and probably something more.
Whatever Key comes up with it will be tinkering around the edges. The Nats aren’t willing to spend any money and they don’t have any big ideas. If the cycleway, the tax-cuts, and the basically every other government policy have proven anything, it’s that Key’s National does hype excellently but the follow-through always disappoints.
Expect Key to claim his schemes will keep large numbers of young people out of unemployment. Expect it to end up being a fraction of the number he promised, long after he promised.
Meanwhile, I’ve been thinking about Key’s ‘great Kiwi invite’ policy (can you imagine Clark ever coming up with such a small solution to such a big problem?) and it’s inspired me. I have an idea for the ad campaign:
[in the Weekend Dom there’s a page 2 article mocking Key’s ‘great invite’ with a fake letter from him to Obama: ‘remember? I’m the guy you talked to on the phone for 15 minutes a few months ago. We chatted about golf and you said I could call you Barack’. Can’t see it online. Strange]