As Minister of Works responding to a disaster in his portfolio, Bob Semple famously said ‘I am responsible but not to blame’. That has become one of our political mores. If they are not personally at fault, ministers shouldn’t have to take the blame when things go wrong but they are responsible for dealing with the consequences and preventing the same problems recurring.
John Key and his government are not to blame for the economic mess we are in but it is their responsibility to deal with it. They wanted so much to govern, now they need to accept their responsibility to protect Kiwis’ jobs.
They’ve completely failed to do that so far. Four months into governing and they’ve destroyed more jobs than they’ve saved. While other countries push ahead with ambitious Green New Deals, all Key has produced is a watered-down version of the unions’ 9-day fortnight idea and back of a napkin plans for a cycleway that is neither a necessary nor a sufficient response to the worst economic crisis in a lifetime.
Key is not to blame for the situation we are in but he is responsible. He continues to clown about and fails to respond adequately. For that he will be blamed.