I get why the government is riding so high in the polls. John Key looks confident amd relaxed albeit a little goofy sometimes but lord knows that can be a nice change after the grim sternness of Helen. His Ministers seem pragmatic and sensible. You can almost hear the swish swish of 350 percale cotton brushing against skin as Cabinet rolls up its collective sleeves and gets down to manly work.
The government has also had the great fortune of not having to make the hard calls yet.
That’s about to change. Right on the eve of the much vaunted, but not quite as inclusive as one might hope, Jobs Summit, Levin’s Swazi Apparel gets the news they’re losing a $2m contract with the army. Seventy jobs are on the line.
What’s to do?
Defence Minister Wayne Mapp says it’s a complicated issue involving an Australian broker and a third party. I bet it is too and not made any easier of course by our free trade agreement with China. But if I was a one of those 70 workers and I heard John Key promise a “do-fest” not a “talk-fest” having seen how he’s already promised to save another “iconic” company from ruin, I’d be wondering what he’s going to deliver for my job and my family.