Key plays Captain Sensible
I guess John Key was reminding us that he heads a conservative Government.
In his pre-Budget speech to Business NZ, he said:
“…the most important thing we as the Government can do for the economy, and therefore boost jobs and incomes in New Zealand, is to be responsible managers of the public purse.”
This would be a bit of a shock to those of us with more aspirational ideas about how a government can lift economic growth (and therefore jobs and incomes).
It’s in stark contrast to the previous Labour Government’s transformational rhetoric and to a lesser extent the aims of National’s original Economic Growth Agenda and current Business Growth Agenda.
But really National’s “modest and sensible” approach is just the party being true to form (and itself).
And perhaps the times.