Thursday, August 27, 2009

John Key. Political novice, a man of conviction or?

The smacking issue.
First let me say I really don't care one way or the other what they did or in fact end up doing.
I have made the decision to become Italian in my regard for the laws of this country. I shall follow the laws that cause me the least inconvenience and all others will be disregarded. That is my personal choice and as long as my finely tuned sense of right and wrong does not slip I should manage to avoid becoming a statistic.

John key has this week made a decision that will see his personal popularity slip, of that there is no doubt. But have any of the enormous legion of bloggers and commenters actually asked themselves why?

I have.

And here are the only two answers my brain can come up with.

1. He has a deeply held belief that smacking is wrong and is prepared to face criticism from the majority and put his job at risk because he believes they are wrong.

2. He is a political novice who can be easily swayed by frantic lobbying by colleagues and advisers within the beltway. Blind arrogance this early is a nightmare for us all.

If the answer is 1. Good for him. He is wrong but I can respect an opinion that is firmly held and will defend him in much the same way I defend Willie Jackson.

If the answer is 2. He should resign.



Anonymous said...

It seems democracymum has been wondering the same thing tonight over at kiwiblog

David Baigent said...

BB, Any Stock trader can tell you that as a Stock price goes up, that stock becomes "weaker".

Key well knows that as his popularity goes up, "he" becomes weaker and the inevitable change is DOWN.

Best that he takes a reaction now and then works towards a rally at a more critical time.

In the mean time caucus is getting on with the real job at a cracking pace.

JC said...

3. He is breaking new ground with Labour mums and swinging voters.

4. He is supporting the Maori Party "Yes" vote and tossing a bone after the no Maori on AK Supercity.

5. He's put plausible distance between the Nats and the Bible Belt. Remember, this is the bogey group that Labour brings up.

6. He has pleased the Greens and created a little more room to go mining on DoC lands.

I doubt any of this is specifically planned so much as it makes sense to him so that he creates space to do what he needs to do with the economy.


Anonymous said...

Most likely - he has already gone native in 33% Yes Wellington Central. So he's not naive - rather the reverse.
. The solution to dealing with the greens, labour, unions, and civil servants remains what it ways has been: anti-corruption inquiry followed swiftly by banning.

Lucia Maria said...

I don't think it's one or two. Helen Clark said something to him before he turned National around to vote for the damn bill in the first place. Whatever she said is what is keeping him to this course. Probably something to do with the UN, but too politically explosive to tell the plebs.

Anonymous said...

Helen probably said: "remember the outrage when a jury let a guy of for whacking his kid with a jug cord?"

The law change was never about stopping child abuse - whatever Ulrike Bradford said. It was about making sure people repeatedly whacking their kids went to jail.

Madeleine said...

It is not 1. I could respect him if it was but his reasoning is rubbish.