News of the Coalition’s bad health appears to be something of a beat up.
Exhibit A is this tweet.
Since coalition Govt formation there have been 1055 items considered and signed off by Cabinet and Cabinet Committees. There have been four issues, endlessly recycled amongst the commentariat, that are being resolved as we speak 👍. #Trysomeperspective
— Winston Peters (@winstonpeters) September 18, 2018
Four contentious items out of 1,059
5 in total is not many.
And they appear to be resolved as time goes by.
For instance today it was announced that the number of refugees that would be accepted into the country would increase to 1,500 by 2020. Good decision.
Yesterday the new Crown Agency for treaty settlements was formally announced.
The Labour Relations reforms are still being worked through.
And the three strikes repeal is still a possibility although it seems clear the NZ First MPs, or some of them, want to appear to be tough on crime.
But this means that in only two out of 1,059
5 decisions the parties have not been able at this stage to reach agreement.
This is not unusual in an MMP environment. Remember last Government when National’s RMA changes were thwarted by the Maori Party and Peter Dunne and it was forced to enact a watered down version?
News of this Government being in turmoil are greatly exaggerated.