On Sunday, John Key, apparently off-the-cuff, announced he would dismantle the Families Commission and give the money to church groups, who just happened to be the people he was speaking to at the time. Then, he had to speak to UnitedFuture Leader Peter Dunne. The Families Commission is his baby and Key will probably need UF if is to be PM. So, we saw an immediate reversal of his promise to the church groups to placate Dunne. Now, a third policy has emerged whereby the Children’s Commission will be folded into the Families Commission, which seems more like make-work for the dreaded bureaucracy then any real change. We wait with baited breath for a fourth National policy on this issue, probably next time Key is talking in private and wants to win some votes.
Thankfully this chump isn’t actually making real decisions. Can you imagine if he had been Clark’s place deciding whether we should send troops into riot-wracked Tonga in 2006 to protect the evacuation of foreign nationals? The plane would have been half-way there, he would have ordered it to turn back, then ordered it turn around again and head on to Tonga, and once they had landed he would have extended their mission to include fisheries patrols.
You can um and ah and change your mind to your heart’s content when your job doesn’t actually have any power but we can’t afford a PM who makes decisions on a whim and reverses them with equal frivolity.
UPDATE: Sue Bradford blogs similarly over at frogblog.