Duncan Garner kept Copperfield diners entertained yesterday by teasing Simon Power about the implications of National’s $50 conviction levy. We’re told that in response Power threw his hands into the air and exclaimed loudly that the policy wasn’t “his”.
What an odd thing for the National Party spokesperson on law and order to say. It also doesn’t fit well with Key’s account of their policy development process. During Key’s press conference he was asked whether the timing of this proposal had anything to do with National’s recent slide in the polls. Key responded:
“Ah, not at all, last year Simon produced a very comprehensive discussion document on law and order. We choose not to release that in that form at that point becasue we thought that it was so comprehensive and was at such a stage then that we decided that it would be better to simply roll it out as a series of policy releases”.
Hard to reconcile this with Power’s claim that he had nothing to do with this particular “gem”.
It certainly makes you wonder where National Party policy is really coming from. Crosby and Texter perhaps?