So the news went out! National DID have some policy said Colin James:
…in behind the bland one-pagers lies quite a lot of study, consultation with outsiders and internal shadow cabinet debate. A 34-page paper backed the workplace relations one-pager. Law and order policy was well footnoted…
But no, Colin James seems to have got the wrong end of the stick reports Colin Espiner:
…it appears James didn’t get it quite right – at least according to John Key’s office, which has just told me that there is no 34-page policy document on industrial relations. It is, in fact, a document that simply backgrounds previous changes in industrial law, according to Key’s office.
I’m unsure whether this is supposed to make me feel better or not. Personally I would have been happier to know that National had done more work in this area, even if it wouldn’t release it.
Sure, the vast majority of people won’t be interested in reading the detail, but I’d suggest National tread carefully lest they be accused of taking voters for granted. After all, past comments already suggest that Key doesn’t think voters are that smart:
…explaining is losing [says Key]… If you’re explaining very complex things, in the end you just won’t get there because the public can’t grasp that idea.
I guess he’s just sticking to his guns then. Does that make anyone feel better? Can’t say it’s working for me…