Looking at the front page of Stuff I couldn’t help but notice that it is a negative looking news cycle out there right now.
John Key desperately needs good news right now. There’s a palpable absence of a “smart growth idea” in the National brand.
Last term it was all about the cycle way and home insulation. They were long term projects that let MPs all over the country get engaged with positive community based public investment. There are supposed to be happy Chch rebuilding stories happening about now – but continued shaking has delayed starting.
This term the best idea so far is the Sky city convention centre and pokie machine expansion, which will do little to impress the heternormative white middleclass electorate* who make up the swinging vote in this country.
*Key’s taken to calling them “kiwi mums and dads” – keep an eye out.