Prime Minister Ardern is due to give a big speech today.
I’ll put the text link up as soon as it’s available.
In the Prime Minister’s view it will provide a “reset” to the coalition.
Hopefully it’s stirring, substantive, and convincing.
Plenty of government supporters claim that there is nothing wrong and the the coalition is fine. In essence, governments are allowed to argue in front of the children.
Few in the media agree.
Personally I’m hoping for something that gives some kind of plan, common purpose, and sense of direction. The kind of thing you need
when there are storms ahead.
What would stabilize things is a project plan, with some milestones.
Such as when the tax policy is due out, what month the Pike River drift will be re-entered, what month the climate change legislation will be tabled in the House, which year passenger rail to Hamilton will start, when the DIRA review legislation will arrive to revive Fonterra, how they will be held to account for child poverty as they requested, what practical steps they will take to increase wages and support workers, whether they will continue military assistance in Iraq for the U.S. led coalition, and more. A whole bunch less hoo-ey and a lot more do-ey.
The uncertainty generated with so much unformed, untested, uncosted, and untimed policy carries across many sectors of our economy and our society.
Time for a project plan, with a programme.
If you happen to attend this speech, tell us the impact that it made on you, and on the people beside you.
In the meantime, here’s a rangy little set piece from ex-President Barack Obama who rails against the politics of Trump, and sets out steps to address it.
It’s worth a bit of analysis by itself. But I put it up as a benchmark for a good speech that takes you somewhere, and shows how to get there. You don’t get those too often. And there’s no reason to expect less from this once from Prime Minister Ardern.
Does this government need a strategic “reset”? If so, why?