I was looking back at posts from last year to get some idea of traffic patterns over the December period. I found this interesting post from Tane titled Personal responsibility. It made me think of the poor performance of the National-led government over the last couple of weeks as a government.
Tane’s post was about John Key getting pretty slippery about some topics that were current at the time – he was making rather dirty personal attacks against Darren Hughes and Helen Clark. Then when Micheal Cullen pulled him up on it (describing JK as a scumbag and a rich prick), JK tried to slide away to being a clean politician by attacking the accuser (as mandated by the Crosby-Textor playbook). It does show an interesting pattern of behavior that seems to becoming prevalent by the opposition government over the last couple of weeks.
When challenged by Cullen over his scumbag behaviour, Key fled for cover by blaming something he thought he’d read in the Independent, then complained that Cullen hates rich people.
We’re starting to see a pattern here.
It’s always someone else’s fault with John Key. ‘I thought I read that in the paper” ‘It was the production company’s fault” ‘I was technically right.” “I was answering a different question.” “I’ve always believed in climate change.”
Is this man capable of taking personal responsibility for anything?
Ok, so that was in opposition. It now looks like the personal trait has now become the trait of the opposition becoming government.
Over the past few weeks, John Key’s government has seemed to use exactly the same kinds of excuses about ACC, extracting people from Thailand, air-force 757’s1, brownlee and the light, and why they are planning on capping Housing NZ’s housing stock2.
Is this government capable of taking responsibility for anything, without dithering or saying it is the fault of someone else? It appears that we have a opposition that hasn’t realised to perform as a government, you have to take responsibility. When are they going to become a operational government?
1: I haven’t seen a good post on the excuses blaming 757 maintenance for Key/McCully dithering3.
2: Heatley sounds like a total dork on the RadioNZ interview. I don’t think I’ve seen a good blog post on the change in Housing policy yet either3
3: Actually there seems to have been so much of this responsibility shifting, the bloggers appear to have a problem keeping up.