There is some life in John left – he’s seen right through John Key’s plan
Today’s Speech from the Throne outlining the new National minority Government’s legislative and policy programme is unusually non-contentious. So non-contentious that it seems rather bland.
And that is just the way the Prime Minister would like the speech to be viewed – solid, if unspectacular.
You had to wait until the Governor-General had read the last paragraph of the speech for a definitive statement on John Key’s real agenda behind his Government’s agenda.
That final sentence notes that National is “privileged” to have won the trust and goodwill of New Zealand voters for a third time and will seek to re-earn that trust and goodwill “every day” over the next three years.
In other words, Key’s mind is already intently focussed on how his Government avoids the third-term blues and matches Sir Keith Holyoake’s 1960s achievement of winning four straight elections – something which is even more difficult under a proportional electoral system like MMP compared to the previous first-past-the-post system which had a built-in bias favouring National. Read more »