Five months in office and ministers are already so aloof and out of touch that you can read things like this in the media almost without raising an eyebrow:
The Government says it will listen to the wide range of concerns about its plans for a Super City in Auckland but whether it takes any notice is another matter. *
They’re just pushing through their agenda, paying lip service to democracy.
There is a pattern, hard to tell if it’s a strategy or just incompetence, of putting up vague plans (take Sharples’ Maori prison unit – will you have to be Maori? will you have to speak Maori? will it be additional to a prison sentence or instead of? Depends which day you ask Sharples). Then they slam their laws through quickly without listening to any objections. It’s not about good government, it’s about getting an ideology in place.
Already experienced policy advisors are privately complaining that, while under Labour they were expected to look at the evidence and develop policy options for the government to choose from, under National they are expected to find evidence to justify ministers’ latest PR stunts.
Is this the government that John Key promised would bring in a new age of accountability?