Muldoon calcified. The Lange Government liberalised. The Bolger Government revolutionised (well, sort of) then gave itself a six-year siesta. The mercifully brief Shipley Government gave us a Headmistress. Mistress Clark then gave us nine long years of screaming for mercy, and two things (civil unions & legalising sex for money) to celebrate.
These are the things we remember governments for.
So with the Key Government’s flagship “sell-part-of-the-assets” policy now on the rocks, what exactly will this government be remembered for.
They’ve done very little policy-wise. They’ve done nothing to overturn the policies against which they howled so loudly in opposition. They’ve done nothing at all to turn around the spendthrift culture of Wellington (if anything they’ve spent more on consultants than Clark, borrowed more heavily than Cullen, and with Sir Double Dipton in the chair have hardly led by example). And they’ve done nothing whatsoever, have they, to rescue NZ from the depths of economic depression.
So what exactly is their greatest achievement in government?
What will history, and you, remember them for?
This is an honest question, not a fatuous request. I really do want to know. From National supporters especially: what do you think your government will be remembered for?
And what do you consider their greatest achievement in government?