John Key. Seriously. WTF are you doing? In most of the western world, the job of the Opposition party/parties is to oppose the Government, and come up with an intelligent alternative pathway for the country, made up of a series of policy differences to give voters a genuine choice come election time.
Opinion polls and rumblings from the "man/woman on the street" indicate many people are keen for a change this election, but unfortunately there's little in the way of a genuine choice on offer.
Key's latest flip-flop/dead-rat-swallow is to adopt in full Labour's dreadful welfare in drag policy, marketed as "Working for Families". The tax credit scheme means even families earning well over $100,000 can take part in the government welfare gravy train (actually, as much as $196,827 if you have enough kids!!).
(Image 'borrowed' from No Minister)
Key says his National party would now keep Labour's flagship Working for Families scheme intact fully if it wins power, including the increased payments announced in Dr Cullen's May budget. Key had previously slammed the scheme as "a giant welfare package".
PM Cluck made rare sense, saying Key's policy change was "simply incredible", and noting "this is getting a bit ridiculous". Ya think??
Homepaddock has her heart in the right place, but claims the latest Labour policy adoption is simply "good politics". Sorry, I can't agree. If you continue to offer voters no alternative other than different faces in the expensive seats, there's little to get excited about.
* NZ Herald: Key would now keep Working for Families
* Update: Revealing the real face of John Key...
* See also... Nevermind: Labour, Progressive & Greens Win Fourth Term
* Lindsay Mitchell: National - in breach of its stated values, yet again
* Not PC: Flip Flop Watch: Another 'me too'
Posted at 8:32 pm