Fran O’Sullivan writes about John Key’s strategy and the uselessness of Labour.
The strategy is obvious.
Neutralise potential political flashpoints on issues where the Government has been on the back foot and out of step with local wishes; and drive a wedge against Labour by taking the high ground ahead of the forthcoming local body elections.
It’s smart politics.
And somewhat galling for Key’s political opponents who have lost a potentially valuable stick with which to beat up the Government.
Labour’s Auckland issues spokesman, Phil Twyford, was yesterday reduced to carping about the cost of the city’s transport projects and complaining that the timing for some of the construction was still vague.
“The Prime Minister is talking about a $10 billion commitment to three projects but in his speech he was completely silent about how he is going to pay for them.
“Where on earth is the money coming from?”
Key could have said “You work it out chump, I’m unlikely to be PM by the time a future New Zealand Government has to seriously put its hands in its pockets”.
Twyford leapt on the leak of partial details about the Auckland transport policy and proceeded to embarrass himself claiming victory…now he is having to whinge and moan about it.
John Key has once again out-foxed labour and left them clutching at straws as they continue to think he is dumber than a sack of hammers.