Key’s state of the nation was more a checklist of new outrages he intends to get away with than new visions or ideas. He’s currently so popular he could have announced that he’s banning all trains and he’d still win by a sizable majority.
More privatisation into CYFs, state housing and prisons combined with MORE (you read that right) MORE powers to the Police, GCSB and SIS.
He goes onto explain the 3 magic beans he and Groser have managed to get for the TPPA will be amazing for NZ. Crowd is deathly silent.
He then promised to make Auckland wait 2 years instead of 4 years for a Central Rail Link. Clearly the Government have been convinced that gentrifying public transport will keep the middle classes happy while the poor get squeezed off being able to afford using it at all. So a win win for National.
He spent most of state of the nation speech promising to build bridges to everyone except the poor, the hungry and the desperate.
Usual dross served up with a thin promise of trains. Few media will even notice Key wants to expand more surveillance powers and headlines will focus on the window dressing.
Job done, middle NZ won’t even blink thinking that looming light in the tunnel is the new City Rail Link.