Thanks to the wonders of Scoopit I’ve just come across this old TVNZ footage of John Key’s first day as National’s finance spokesman. It’s interesting to see where his economic priorities lay:
The more things change, the more they stay the same, eh?
[It’s worth noting that this isn’t some aberration limited to John Key or a pragmatic issue-by-issue decision. National’s anti-worker employment policy, their record of opposing every extension to workers’ rights and their history of letting the minimum wage be eaten by inflation show a clear and consistent body of belief opposed to workers’ rights and in favour of privileging the interests of business and the wealthy. Does anyone really believe they’ve had a social democratic conversion?]