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7:28 am, February 9th, 2010 - 19 comments
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“This is his most important speech since he entered Parliament in 2002.”
That’s Duncan Garner on Key’s speech today.
Other political commentators have been emphasising its importance too:
John Armstrong: “What has so far been a comparatively easy ride for Key now starts to get much bumpier. The time has come to do the difficult stuff. The Key Government faces its Waterloo … the day should be labelled “Big Tuesday” … Key has also promised action to spur what he calls a “step-change” in the New Zealand economy.
That is going to require something truly special and innovative. The days when National promised to tweak the Resource Management Act as a fig-leaf to cover the poverty of its economic thinking are long gone … All of the above is making Tuesday look more and more like a defining moment for Key’s prime ministership”
Colin Espiner: “It’s probably the most important speech he’s yet made in his time in Parliament. With the economy swinging out of recession, now’s the time for him to come good on his promise to raise the country’s living standards …We all know what the problem is, and most people seem to agree on it: low productivity, poor wages, slow economic growth, only average standard of living, growing gap with Australia, boom and bust housing market, poor savings record, high overseas debt and exchange rate … Platitudes about cutting red tape, rolling out broadband and tinkering with the RMA will no longer be enough”
Key needs to present policies that will get the 275,000 jobless Kiwis back into work and lift wages. Offering more fig-leaf policies like the cycleway to cover another money-grab for the rich is not going to fly.
Undoubtedly there will be some little things in there to excite the media but I don’t think they’re going to fall for the diversions this time. Key got a free ride last year. This year, policies that will actually lead to the brighter future Key promised us are all that will cut it.
Key can talk a big game. Now it’s time for him to deliver some results. If he can’t, his growing reputation as a do-nothing PM will be cemented.
Here’s what John Key said last time:
Can we really believe anything he has to say today?
The big question of course is, how will Labour respond?
Goff should be able to have his own “Big Tuesday” comprehensive, left reply to Key’s salvo, ready by next week. At least I hope so.
If Goff can give a successful and credible left rejoinder this will cement his leadership, into the elections and beyond.
We actually already know. Goff has written a parody speech of “what key should have said” and has shown the media an advance copy yesterday.
I will reserve my judgment on it until I hear the full thing. Hopefully scoop will have the audio if no one else does.
…and if not he should step aside ?
The party just reconfirmed him unopposed as leader the other week. The only way Phil Goff won’t be leader in six months is if there’s a medical or criminal reason.
” and if not he should step aside ?”
Nope. He’s making good headway as I see it and there do not appear to be any other potential leaders immediately available. I think Goff and Labour will score some points today, but even if they don’t, this dimwitted, slothful government will afford them plenty more opportunities.
And keep watching Simon Power. His vanity won’t stand too much time on the sidelines, so as soon as the polls drop, expect him to stop talking about knife crime just long enough to stick one in Key’s back.
‘so as soon as the polls drop,’
I don’t think anyone other than those on the fringe left really expect that to happen until well into the 2nd term.
So Key should be safe until around 2014 maybe 2015. Labour should have a decent leader (at least double digit support) by then in the way of Andrew Little.
Goff needs to sweep aside the dead wood that’s shown when given golden opportunities by their opposite failing ministers they still can’t land the punches as they either aren’t capable or don’t bother trying hard enough.
King on unemployment and mallard on education……FAIL
My pick is that Key will be bold and announce major changes. The sorts of things that do-nothing Clark and scrooge McCullen, who did nothing but take the money and run, should have done.
They really were bloody useless and their place in history will rest at a point far below that which many posters on here, with their adoring spectacles, believe.
Yes but there is a difference between announcing something and actually doing something. For example announcing rolling tax cuts then realising there isnt enough money for them. Or annoucing the public service won’t be cut then taking to it with a scalpel. Or annoucing a cycleway all the way from Cape Rienga to Bluff (what a pipe dream!) only to realise it’s not logically possible (Raurimu Cycleway Spiral anyone?). The list goes on….
At least Labour kept their word 95% of the time (I couldn’t say 100% as they did fail in their goal to be in the top half of the OECD). But I cannot think of any other example of Labour overpromising and underdelivering, unlike with this government for which it is rife!!!!!
you’ll need a big broom for Horomia. He has been missing in action all last year.
How about running a book on the only certainty and sole plank in tory ideology – i.e. how much wealth will be transferred (by whatever woolly, obfuscating means) from the bottom half to the top 10%
$10 says at least another bill/yr. The fat cats have been patting their kitten for months now.
“only average standard of living”
Clearly Colin is out of touch with reality if he sees the NZ standard of living as anything else than well above the global average.
The true global average standard of living is probably more like the average person in Mexico or Papua New Guinea enjoys.
You folk need to remember, and I often forget, that whilst Labour didn’t do much tax reform they didn’t have the numbers (Winston couldn’t be trusted) and by and large ran with just enough votes to run the country after Turiana tossed the toys over F&S.
No excuses for NACT……100% relentless focus on stuffing more dfosh in the top ends pockets.
Great expectations alright!
TV1 mid-day news mooted a hike in GST to 15%.
That will hit the low paid workers by far the hardest and you can be sure that whatever sweetener he throws at them to “compensate” will turn out to be stuff-all in practice.
Actually the tax working group has suggested tax rates should be cut across the board, but the media keeps repeating about the top rates being cut (probably because they make the biggest $ difference to the government, and to the people getting them).
National have repeatedly said they want to have tax rates of 10/20/30, which is probably what we’re going to see. The next question is what the thresholds will be.
He said he will be commenting on WFF. I assume the pre-election promise to leave it unchanged is null and void. A bit like the Kiwisaver changes we got last budget.