"Key and his Finance Minister-designate Bill English have said they will not release their response to the financial crisis till next month.
But New Zealanders who are worried their jobs might go in the flurry of pre-Christmas layoffs want to hear reassuring statements now, not wait until Key has concluded a series of offshore trips beginning with next week's Apec meeting."
She thinks New Zealanders will panic if they don't hear something from their new leader before the end of the month. Goodness me, that's only two weeks away. If Labour had won the election Fran, we would all be waiting until December for their disastrous mini-budget.
"Your job is here. Use the videophone unless you (also) want to be dubbed the "Prime Tourist".
John Key's visit to the UK and meetings with people of his choosing will take how many days? Two, possibly three at the outside? He might as well use the videophone to keep in touch with his lieutenants. (Leftenants, if you don't mind)
"Outgoing Finance Minister Michael Cullen did us a favour by breaking convention and releasing Treasury's highly preliminary forecasts which paint a grim picture of diminishing tax revenues, burgeoning cash deficits and rising unemployment as economic growth shrinks. The figures are on a no-policy change basis but they provide an indicator the new Cabinet will have to make difficult choices if it is to arrest the decline."
Michael Cullen did nobody any favours Fran, least of all New Zealanders. He maliciously released a confidential report based on Labour's policies, after National had won office, with the sole purpose of panicking New Zealanders.
So far he's succeeded with one senior journalist who should know better.