While Key was blathering on about who-cares-what yesterday, Clark announced a radical and forward-looking economic stimulus package. Now, Key is having a cry over Clark not notifying him beforehand of the deposit insurance scheme. As if the Prime Minister needs to seek the approval of an opposition party before setting government policy.
Key whines that monetary policy has been bipartisan for 20 years. Not true. Both major parties accept the system set up by the Reserve Bank Act but it has never been true that modifications are agreed by them both before being implemented. It is the Government’s job to govern; the Prime Minister’s job to lead when leadership is needed.
Key is just upset because he ended up looking like a dork yesterday but that’s his own fault. He and his advisors should have known what was coming, everyone else did. Does he expect the Government to give its policy to the other side for them to announce? Sorry, that might be the National way of doing things but it’s not what responsible governments do. Next, he will want Clark’s speeches sent to him for preapproval.
Key needs to get over it and get focussed on the debates. As an avalanche of Labour policy is released over the next few weeks, National’s only hope is for him to shine going up against Clark. With National’s poll numbers sliding, Key will have to put all his media training to work or watch his hopes of adding ‘PM’ to the CV slip away.