Nearly three years into National’s first term, peole are beginning to ask how long supporters can get away with blaming the last government and the failed policies of the noughties.
Given the left are still blaming Sir Roger Douglas for what happened when he was Finance Minister, and as Keeping Stock points out, quite a lot which happened after he resigned, we should still have a couple of decades to go.
Matt McCarten got vitriolic in his Herald column yesterday.
I don’t support everything Douglas did nor the way he did it and he’s done little, if anything, for Act and the country in this come-back term.
But New Zealand would be a much poorer and sadder country if those “failed” policies of the 80s which he started hadn’t happened.
Few in Labour would admit it but the fact they tinkered with some of those policies but did very little to reverse them when they had nine years to do so, shows they too accept they were necessary.