I’ve just had a chance to read Key’s speech properly.
Call me a nit-picker but I don’t reckon it was a “state of the nation” speech at all.
Of 4788 words, 3185 were on youth issues – and of these, 2012 words were about youth crime and focussed almost exclusively on a subset of “1000 young people”.
So two thirds of the speech was about youth issues and just under half was about 1000 youth offenders.
Leaving aside for the time being my views on Key’s proposed solutions, I reckon let’s call a spade a spade – this ain’t no “state of the nation” speech, so let’s not pretend.
See if you can guess which is which.