The next election is going to be a cracker. John Key has been playing some fantastic strategic cards. His comments today about not committing to keeping KiwiSaver are a text book “it’s too far from election day to show my hand now so I’ll be non-committal” maneuver.
It is interesting to contrast this with my post relating to what Matthew Hooton said about Michael Cullen recently. The gist of what Hooton was saying was that Michael Cullen is in no position to know the impact of his legislation on business. Hooton’s point was that Cullen went from school to university to academia and on to politics. He has never been self employed, hired staff or dealt with the compliance issues of being in business. He has never taken a risk in the way that business people take risks on a daily basis.
All this is particular relevant when we look at John Key who (as anyone who has been reading the spin will know) is a self-made businessman with significant real world experience.
What labour needs to do is find someone who doesn’t come from either an academic or a union background and put them up head to head with Key.
Until they do – it looks like we’ll be getting a New PM come 2008.