The economy is improving! And pigs are flying! But John Key doesn't want to 'oversell' the situation...
article: 'Economy Starting To Fire: Key.'
Key said that the economy was emerging from tough times although he also added that 'he didn't want to oversell things'.
Yes, that is wise. With a stagnant economy in the grip of mass unemployment, increasing poverty and a continent-sized economic gap between the rich and the poor, it might be best not to 'oversell things'.
It is also probably not a good idea to 'oversell things' when Key virtually said the same thing last October when he declared that the 'economy was heading in the right direction'. And he was probably overselling things when he confidently announced that National would create 170,00 new jobs.
So here is little Johnny gesticulating enthusiastically over the clapped out remains of an old Toyota Corolla and, as one of the wheels falls off, he announces that this nice 'Porsche runabout' was formerly owned by a elderly lady who only drove the car to the shops twice a week. But he's not going to 'oversell it'.
John Key might be holding a handful of nothing in the game of Parliamentary Poker Politics but he's going to bluff his way right through to the general election.
That's because he knows that the guy facing him, David Shearer, is also holding a bunch of nothing.
Labour is in love with the 'free market ' as much as National - how else can we explain its failure to present a coherent economic alternative that puts people first?
When the times call for boldness and a new vision, Shearer sounds like he's trying to sell us a weekend in Palmerston North, staying in a run down motel with outside toilet facilities.
Declares David Shearer: 'We're on the side of the people but only when it doesn't offend big business! Can't we all just get on together? We need some equality of sacrifice! Where is the love?'
Yes, that will have us all running to the ballot boxes to vote Labour!