A week of bad days

Tracey Watkins writes in When the going gets tough, the tough get going  that the Government, or at least the National part of the Government, has had a week of days when they would have been better off staying in bed.

Perhaps their managers, minders and strategists did have a week in  bed.

Prime Minister John Key had barely returned from a wearying trip to Fiji when it seemed like National was being attacked on all sides, even by its friends.

She lists:

  • The social housing debacle lurches from one headline to the next
  • A lift in the refugee quota is being criticised as too token
  • Paula Bennett is not so much under strain as under siege

And…

…the finance minister capped it all off by torpedoing Parliament’s vote to increase paid parental leave by exercising his financial veto. Apparently that’s a first, constitutionally, and all for a few tens of millions of dollars a year. That’s the sort of chump change the Government usually fiddles out of ACC levies each year, just to keep the books balanced.

None of those one individual days are major problems but the housing problem in general and social housing in particular have had several weeks of bad days and Bennett’s problems were spread over several.

The accumulation of problems and the increasing number of poor responses must eventually take it’s toll on support for National. And once the slide sets in it will be very difficult to turn around.

 

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19 Comments

  1. Alan Wilkinson

     /  18th June 2016

    The media have found another angle to Auckland house prices. That’s about the long and the short of Watkin’s “list”.

    I don’t think many outside the beltway care.

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  2. lurcher1948

     /  18th June 2016

    Trot out a semi naked picture of Max and all will be forgotten….

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    • PDB

       /  18th June 2016

      Your fixation with young Max is a little worrying……..I’d lay off the bitter & envious pills for a while.

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      • lurcher1948

         /  18th June 2016

        I thought a pic of him sprawled across the bonnet of his car face down wearing undies might get national the alternative sexual life styles vote, just thinking

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  3. PDB

     /  18th June 2016

    The problem for the opposition is that they have no answers to the housing crisis except they would ‘build a lot more houses’, something the majority of New Zealander’s realise is just ‘pie in the sky’ nonsense that can’t happen unless the underlying problems causing land shortage, high development costs etc are fixed.

    Even then the market will dictate house prices, not the government.

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    • Blazer

       /  18th June 2016

      Plenty of solutions suggested,this myopic administration with Nick Smith in charge of housing is farcical.

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      • PDB

         /  18th June 2016

        Such as?

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        • Blazer

           /  18th June 2016

          Such as banning non residents/citizens from buying existing stock,duties on vacant land,stamp duties,tighter conditions on investors’.Plenty of options.

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  4. Gezza

     /  18th June 2016

    On the plus side, Andy’s been taken to Court for defamation, most kiwis probably think not taking too many more muslim refugees is actually wise, and this will be reinforced by Orlando, and Claire was good enough to dob Rebecca in so that all TVNZ journos aren’t under suspicion of being the one who leaked some off-the-record gossip.

    Roy Morgan out early next week. Nats will probably be ok I reckon.

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    • PDB

       /  18th June 2016

      You are too fixated on polls which really mean nothing in isolation.

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      • Gezza

         /  18th June 2016

        Well, I wouldn’t say I’m fixated on them PDB. They’re just excellent entertainment that I don’t have to pay for.

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        • PDB

           /  18th June 2016

          Well I grant you it is entertaining that the left always talk up any increases in popularity whilst with decreases in popularity they don’t mention the polls because polls ‘mean nothing’ and are ‘rigged’……….

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          • Gezza

             /  18th June 2016

            I guess the impacts of all Labour’s game-changers have been as fascinating for them as they have been for me. o_O

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  5. Brown

     /  18th June 2016

    I remind myself of the saying, “Opposition parties don’t win elections, governing parties lose them.” National’s problem is lack of vision – they don’t stand for anything except more of the same. The opposition are disadvantaged by being even worse. People look at the US elections and cringe at the appalling candidates but in my view we are little better off here. Little may be ineffectual and foolish but that doesn’t make him potentially less scary once he is in charge of anything.

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    • PDB

       /  18th June 2016

      Under MMP being ‘bold’ would see you dumped at the following election. Changes have to be put through at snails pace.

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  6. It makes me laugh when a journalist makes a headline out of how bad someone has had it when all the headlines are creations of the media assertions based on very hollow arguments and evidence. The lack of research and one-sided comment in the media is evident throughout, and so many of us don’t take their stories seriously and do our own homework before taking a position. Simple minds breed simple positions. I weep for our Journalists who have lost their way and do not meet the tests of believability, journalist ethics and integrity.
    Where is the morality of being creative at the keyboard?

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  7. Blazer

     /  18th June 2016

    They don’t want to lose their jobs…MSM journos are an endangered species.

    Reply

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