Seems that John Key has done it again. Announced policy off-the-cuff and back-tracked later. TV3 reports that, speaking to an Auckland families forum yesterday, Key “veered away from a written speech … appearing to announce in off the cuff remarks that National would axe the commission.”
“He said there was “a ton of money being spent on it”, and he would rather give the money to non-government organisations delivering front-line services.”
Someone must have reminded him later that he might need the suport of Peter Dunne and the United Future Party, whose baby it is (its establishment was a key condition of the Party’s support agreement with Labour after the 2002 election).
Today we have the inevitable backtrack:
“… National would merely “rebalance” the commission and he expected United Future to find the changes acceptable. [Key] refused to comment on the details of National’s policy, but said there was still a place for advocacy for families somewhere in the bureaucracy.”
Inexperienced, muddled, duplicitous. For a righter future, vote National.