Has there ever been a government that was so widely protested against so quickly?
Not since the previous National government introduced the Employment Contracts Act, I guess.
In Labour’s nine years the biggest protest was the hikoi on the Foreshore and Seabed, about 20,000. The EFA marches, which were advertised to the cost of hundreds of thousands of dollars by John Boscawen, managed a mere 5,000.
In just two years, we’ve had three protests eclipsing anything we saw under Labour. A hell of a lot of people hate this government in a way that very few ever hated the Fifth Labour Government. What will the next year bring? What would a second term (no sure thing at all now) see as the public reacts to an agenda of privatisation and public service cuts that go well beyond the ‘back office’?
Will this deaf and dumb government ever wake up and hear the concerns of New Zealanders? Or will they doggedly pursue their narrow ideological agenda until they are thrown out of office?