The Government is battle-ready for any court-based challenge to its partial share float of the Mighty River Power company in the wake of the Waitangi Tribunal’s call for a delay.
‘Battle-ready’ for court, huh? I take that to mean they have a comprehensive communications strategy prepared, with slogans, talking-points, meetings with senior political editors, talk-back hosts and publishers scheduled, strategic leaks planned, pre-written op-eds to be published by sympathetic columnists or pro-National blogs, and a receptionist tasked with finding out the Attorney General’s extension number.
I don’t know how this debate over Maori proprietary interest of water-rights will play out, but I do know that any time Key’s government goes up against an opponent that isn’t Labour (environmental movement, teachers union) they routinely suffer a humiliating defeat. So I’m predicting a painful back-down by Key, followed by the obligatory flurry of Herald columns praising him for his visionary CEO-like leadership style.