This headline a few minutes ago might give NotPC and his little boutique of political theorists a clue as to why these points of view are not at all contrary.
You see, NotPC and his mates are very very good at political theory but they're not very hot on politics. They and Michael Cullen, see the whole world through their very narrow focus of political policy theory but, unlike John Key, they cannot seem to comprehend that yesterday's bad policy can often be tomorrow's best possible answer for the problems of the day. Things change chaps and by hell, they are changing very fast these last couple of weeks.
The other major factor they, like all policy wonks, completely miss is that the same policy in the hands of good people can be wielded for the common good and in the hands of bad people can be used for their own venal political needs. Does he and his band seriously think Cullen and his cronies would ever do anything to cut back an out of control public sector? Do they seriously think Cullen and his cronies will not continue to engage in the most egregiously irresponsible election bribes? No, of course they don't. Cullen desperately needs more money to buy more votes.
In my view Cullen has his eyes on the massive reserves in the NZ Super Fund for one reason and one reason only. He wants to use them so that he can free up other funds to continue Labour's reckless bribery of the electorate during a period when he will have no surpluses if he is re-elected.
That is why they and they alone are a bunch of greasy pricks.
On the other hand,John Key and Bill English will see to it that the funds are invested in worthwhile, income bearing activities which yield a good return for the fund members AND provide a common good during a time of economic crisis and financial difficulty. How will they do that? Simple. By not attempting to go through the back door and pressure the fund managers.
You see, when it's all boiled down it's not a matter of policy, it really IS a matter of trust.
Cullen and shifty and manipulative Clark have trampled over so many conventions and broken so many laws that they simply no longer can be trusted. You can't believe one word they say about anything. They have a record of mendacity which would be the the envy of Mussolini or Stalin.
New Zealand's finest authority on the character of this godless, morally and ethically bankrupt gang told us all some years ago how they work. Always remember 'they spend all their time scheming and plotting and Michael Cullen is an expert at changing a word here or there....'
For example, I have every confidence that within less than twelve months of re-election, Prime Minister Cullen would have twisted the arm of the Fund to buy the railways at an inflated price with a caveat that the company must employ a large number of unemployable Maoris in order to honour his coalition agreement with Tariana Turia. Then he'll be able to use a billion dollars for bribes in 2011. That's how they think. Labour governs for the good of the Labour Party.
So, NotPC you stick to your gleeful policy prescriptions from the safety of your little cavern on the edge of the political jungle and leave the politics to the people who actually have to step out onto the high plain and get themselves elected before they can do anyone any good.
After all, there can't be very many of you if you have to rely on the National Party to carry one side of your two pole flag at a street demo because the other half of your membership didn't turn up. But you know, I'd help you out again if you needed it. We're all in this together against the common enemy, the Axis Partners.