National's '3Rs' education feint is smart politics

National's '3Rs' education feint is smart politics
Pick me! The National party launched education policy this week. (Image: NZME)
Pattrick Smellie
Education has long been a sleeper issue that National has believed could be one of its strongest cards as the election approaches.So, Christopher Luxon’s unveiling this week of what was really no more than a taster of the National party's education policy priorities is an important election year marker.For a start, his day of education focus in the Hutt valley on Thursday attracted a large pack of political media in a way that guaranteed him headlines that he’s struggled for in recent weeks.A week in isolation with covid followe...

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