It doesn’t, however, solve our large economic problems.
We’re yet to hear the sunny-side of Dan Carter’s injury (that ‘Colin Slade will get a chance to shine’? ‘it will make a game of it for the other teams’?), or the Warriors’ loss, but then Key is often out of sight when bad news is to be dealt out – he leaves that to his ministers (see: public service cuts).
But occasionally he gets caught on the spot. Say, when he’s presenting an hour-long radio program about his cat, and it’s rudely interrupted by our country’s economic reputation being downgraded twice.
All he can do is quickly deny that any of it’s his fault, and say that the implications won’t be bad anyway.
His government ran his last budget past Standard & Poors before finalising it, and said that a downgrade was probably the worst possible thing that could happen, but now it’s apparently no worries.
His blind optimism may work well in currency trading, but it doesn’t solve everything in the real world; and with productive businesses. While confidence is important, the entire economy is not an confidence trick.
We can’t just ‘muddle along’, and hope that keeping optimistic will see us through. We need to fix the fundamentals of the economy to help productive business, rather than flogging off any productive businesses overseas while we wait for our optimism to start working.
Although this post should be covered by the opinion section of electoral law and shouldn’t need authorisation, here’s mine anyway, just to be safe:
Authorised by Ben Clark, 54 Aramoana Ave, Devonport