Spotted in the Waikato Times:
Cambridge High School students did their best to get a policy out of him, but National leader John Key stayed tight-lipped on his party’s student allowance stance yesterday:
Of National’s policy, Mr Key said: “We haven’t announced it yet, but we’re looking at it very closely … I think we will make some changes.”
We know Mr Key likes to say what people want to hear – but I would suggest that raised expectations could become a problem on this topic. With costs of around $730 million for a universal student allowance it’s hard to see how they can pursue their “north of $50/wk” tax cut with such an expensive allowance policy. So wouldn’t it just be better to be up front and say so? Or give an indication of where the priorities for future spending in tertiary education are likely to be?
I’m also still interested to know whether National back these pylons through the Waikato or not – hard to tell from this:
Proving that politics is not over the heads of teenagers, the students quizzed the leader of the Opposition on everything from Kiwisaver, how soon they could get high-speed internet in their homes, the retirement age, and how long it takes to get into Parliament, to Mr Key’s view on the giant pylons proposed to cut through the Waikato.
“That’s getting a bit personal dude,” Mr Key replied when asked about the pylons.
“We are worried about security of supply … but my personal view is they are damn ugly.”
I thought he didn’t have a personal view anymore?
Key: “Well I, I mean in a sense, I never have a personal view these days, I mean if I express a personal view, that ultimately turns into the party view, I’m, I am the, the, the [sic] voice piece if you like, or the, the [sic] face of the National Party, and so no I really don’t have the ability to give a personal view, um, maybe except to my wife and, um, I do that behind closed doors.” TV One, Breakfast, 2 Apr 2008