Bassett climbs into Labour

Dr Michael Bassett

[quote]New Zealand’s first comprehensive cabinet minutes date from 1948. At the time Peter Fraser’s Labour government was desperately clinging to office. Ministers were paranoid about their opponents, second-guessing officials and trying to centralize decision-making. An exhausted Prime Minister and his colleagues sought to micro-manage everything. Public servants became wary lest blame for failed policies descended on them. Sound familiar? As the polls turn ever more sour for Helen Clark’s ministry, and the consequences of bad policies multiply, her cabinet has become twitchy. One minister, Phil Goff, has taken to extravagant utterances hoping perhaps to topple his leader for five minutes in the sun before his career dwindles away.[/quote]

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