The headline says it all, really.
Key needs to stop playing with ideology and get seriousBut McCarten himself just does not seem able to get serious. He want's us to print more money like the rest of the world is doing. Apparently no-one yet has told him our current fiscal stimulus package is as large as that of any other country when measured in the only sane way which is dollars per capita of population.
"It seems every country in the world is following the US lead and pouring in massive amounts of public money to keep their economies solvent. That's everyone except, apparently, New Zealand."
And John Key is smart enough to see where that will put them in five or ten years time - down the gurglar of stagflation and high costs of production. He is positioning NZ to be better off and more competitive than it's trading partners
Then McCarten trots out the old 'does anyone believe' trick.
"For example, does anyone believe the nonsense run by Accident Compensation Corporation Minister Nick Smith is any more than a ruse to privatise accident insurance to business?"
"Does anyone think they'll be paying lower accident levies for a better performance if it's sold?"
No Matt. No one, not even the National Party, believes it is going to be sold or privatised.
It IS going to be opened up to the discipline of genuine competition and it McCarten had his eyes open he would know that a good sixty percent of New Zealanders believe that will be a very good thing. Bill Ralston seems to think it will be a good thing.
Readers, including Fran O'Sullivan should study the actions of the current administration and ignore the rhetoric of it's detractors. Not so long ago I recall her lambasting John Key for failing to include Labour in a 'bipartisan' approach to the financial meltdown.' She and others don't appear to have noticed that in fact Prime Minister Key has drawn in and included all those organisations who share his political ideology - The unions, the employers, the bankers, the farmers, the ACT Party, the Maori Party, even the Green Party.
That ideology is "Whatever is good for New Zealand and new Zealanders."
The only stark absence is the Labour Party whose ideology - "Whatever is good for the Labour Party and its members"- has come very close to destroying our country.
It's time the The Herald dispensed with the services of McCarten, the greatest political ideologue of them all, and published the opinions of the far more astute leftist, Laila Harre.