Why this Key isn't for turning on asset sales
So how's that assurance by the Maori Party that National wouldn't legislate and seize the water going? It seemed to have convinced the mainstream media that the first asset sale was all ready to launch without a care in the world a couple of weeks ago didn't it?
As the reality that the Governments legal position is held together by snot and hope becomes more glaringly apparent, there is a realization that legal action will happen and that it will delay the first asset sale no matter how optimistic John Key is.
His initial bully boy language was directed at soothing the investors while throwing some raw meat at his rump voting base, hence the jump in polling, but National's utter lack of Maori perspective within their strategy team has blinded them to the taniwha they were releasing.
This is more political ignorance rather than malevolent intent. Key is so desperate for the money from asset sales (he's already spending it in the budget), that they have rammed through their agenda without comprehending the forces they would unleash.
Helen Clark was desperate to kill off the anti-Maori momentum the right had built when she confiscated the beaches and foreshore and that haste birthed the Maori Party, I would argue that National's haste to ram these sales through, driven by the economic need for the immediate cash, has created a blinkered mentality that will cost them dearly.
Key has managed to unify Maoridom with NZers against asset sales and has set the stage for his sale program to haunt him.