I’ve been away on work this week, so didn’t get to hear John Key’s opening address to parliament. I read that Labour thought it dull, and could see the content was lacking any new ideas. Privatisation, public sector cuts – so 90s; and stealing some of Labour’s child-policy talk – although we’ll wait to see if there’s any action.
But I hadn’t heard any of John Key’s delivery until I was coming home on Friday night.
Wow, he did not care. I think he nearly fell asleep as he talked of 2011 needing to be a year of “aspirations”. Say it like you believe it John. I know your “aspirations” don’t actually ever eventuate for ordinary New Zealanders, but if you don’t believe it, I’m not sure how we’re meant to…
One gets the impression he can’t be bothered with this election year. But he knows he has to go through with it. Can’t let his party down. Knows he’s their only asset. The multi-millionaire with the common touch, he’s a pretty huge asset. He’s got a large section of the electorate that prefer Labour’s policies, but think if they vote for “that nice man”, they somehow won’t have to live with his nasty party.
But he’s got “PM” on his CV now, he’s met the Presidents of the USA and Russia, he’s hung with sporting heroes and celebrities (and become one), he’s had the opportunity to mince about on the Rugby World Cup stage. Can he be bothered to do it all again?
I’m sure he will go through the campaign, he knows he’s National’s only hope, but will he have the drive and the passion for it?