Remember the mantra about John Key being a centrist? Doesn’t get much play nowadays does it?
And it shouldn’t. Not with the government cutting spending while unemployment rises, dragging Brash and Rankin back from the grave, spending large on private schools, contracting out public services, tax cuts for the rich and the snouts-in-troughs sham that is the super city.
Less than a year ago claiming National had a secret agenda got you labeled as a conspiracy theorist. Even after Bill English admitted as much on those secret tapes.
Now it’s a spokesperson for English talking Private Public Partnerships. You know, the deals where the public take the risks and the private sector makes the profits. All locked in for “25 to 35 years”.
There was a secret agenda and it was hidden in plain sight. Now we’re having to watch it play out.
As an aside, the opposition could throw a real spanner in the works of that PPP plan by making it very clear that the contracts will not be honoured the next time they are in government. It would send the signal to private investors that the taxpayers’ money might not be such an easy target and blow the issue up into the real Left/Right debate – something we need before the centre gets shifted any further without comment.
But I’m not sure the current opposition has the will to do it.