Last week: “Prime Minister John Key said the Government’s major theme in 2010 would be improving New Zealand’s economy”
Today: “He said his almost exclusive focus this year was to improve educational standards in the country”
Next week: An unrelenting focus on whatever you want him to pretend to care about today
I guess he can promise to focus on whatever he likes when he’s going to do nothing anyway. Of course, it’s made easier by the fact the media don’t hold him to any promise he makes (3,400 cycleway jobs, anyone?).
Meanwhile, the Right is getting increasing frustrated. They love the poll ratings but they hate the do nothing approach that has preserved Key’s popularity. They got him elected to advance their agenda, not to tell jokes and grin, as yet another of Granny Herald’s rightwing commentators admits with startling frankness:
Probably more surprising is that Key has turned out to be quite good at smiling politely, making goofy jokes and pretending to be an ordinary bloke.
But the populist act is wearing thin for many of his core supporters who fear the window of opportunity for making significant structural change is slipping by.
So one suspects it is on the issue of tax reform that Key and his team will have to bite the bullet and upset a few potential voters. If not they risk alienating many of the people who helped put them in to power.
This is supposed to be a centre right Government after all.