Because what can one say? John Armstrong on John Key’s ‘pragmatism‘:
Some on the left have long argued that Key’s portrayal of himself as a moderate conservative is a front and that behind the friendly visage lurks a cool-blooded animal as keen to push a free market-oriented agenda as any disciple of the New Right.But Key is into his fourth year as prime minister, so that alleged alter ego would surely have emerged long before now.
Sure, the National minority government has undergone a slight lurch to the right since last year’s election, beating the drum on welfare reform, getting more hard-nosed on housing the poor, seeking to break the power of the teacher unions, slowly privatising the public service, and floating portions of state-owned companies on the stock market . . .