This weekend Flip Flop Boy has confirmed that his party will not be running on even the relatively timid freeing up of factory schools that is bulk funding -- which three years ago the Nats said was "the first step towards providing the flexible education system that parents wanted." Apparently they now think that the Ministry knows much better than schools and parents how to provide "flexibility" in the state's factory schools.
And he's also confirmed that getting the government's $30 billion worth of dinosaurs off the taxpayers' hands is also off the agenda, by announcing that selling assets will be no part of a National Government's work under his spineless leadership -- not even the "pretty timid" partial asset sales floated by Bill English "as a way of raising capital for new infrastructure." Reports The Press, "Key overturned years of National Party policy by making the U-turn on asset sales, saying preparing state-owned enterprises for sale would 'not be a good use of our time'." One wonders what a better use of their time could be, since at this stage there's nothing on National's horizon?
Their time won't be spent overturning the anti-smacking law, which Key personally insisted his MPs vote into law.
They won't be spending it overturning Michael Cullen's "No Bloody Foreigners" legislation, as they all but confirmed during the Auckland airport negotiations.
It won't be spent getting the ogre of the Resource Management Act off property owners' backs -- this is, after all, law that National itself introduced, and from which it has never resiled.
They won't be spending it gutting the NZQA -- they introduced that one too.
They won't be spending it getting rid of the Maori seats -- that's another one they've rolled over on. Or slowing down the Waitangi gravy train that they themselves helped to kick off. One law for all'? Not with this mob. Too busy bending over and saying "me too."
They won't be spending it reinstating a credible defence force -- "we've lost that argument too," they've effectively said.
They won't be overturning the interest-free student loans that Don Brash called "an irresponsible election bribe" -- a policy National once promised to oppose with "every bone in our bodies." If they had any.
They won't be doing anything to overturn Labour's Welfare for Working Families programme that has made beneficiaries of so many of the country's middle classes.
On every point that Labour stands for, National just says "me too" -- which means they won't be doing a damned thing to work towards their party's purported goal of minimising the government and keeping them out of our lives -- which means there is no reason that National is seeking power, beyond the reason that National would quite like power -- which means there is simply no reason, no reason at all, for any freedom lover to vote National, and no way in hell that anyone who does vote National can pose as a freedom lover.
If you want any genuine alternative, then National are not the answer. They have no answer. Every week just reconfirms that.