JANE CLIFTON: Swirl-o-meter meets the Brow of Mirth

Jane Clifton
Fri, 31 Jul 2020

Jane Clifton
Fri, 31 Jul 2020
To ask for parties to cut the cackle and state their policies, as many voters have plaintively done after our recent political sleaze-a-thon, is the surest way to summon the Aesopian curse of being careful what one wishes for.The fug of personal scandals did finally clear this week. But the screed of new policy that emerged will have made many voters nostalgic for another comparatively straight-forward sex scandal.If reform of the leviathan Resource Management Act wasn’t bracing enough, there was National’s suite of lures to get the...
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