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November 16, 2008


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Paul Walker

My view isn't as dismal as it was. There are some good things in the Act National agreement, as you point out. For what they are worth, yesterday I made a few quick (dismal?) comments on the agreement here http://antidismal.blogspot.com/2008/11/nationalact-deal.html". But my worry is still

"What does this mean? With confidence and supply guaranteed by the Maori Party, National could govern without Act. This weakens Acts ability to force to changes to National's policy, in particular economic policy. For those, like Eric and me, who hoped that National would move down the road of economic reform this is bad news. Act has lost much of its power to push National down that road. Key has the votes he needs to stay in in the centre, to occupy Labour's territory and not move at all. "Labour Lite" could be here to stay and we could see the worst government since Muldoon."(http://antidismal.blogspot.com/2008/11/national-act-and-maori-party.html)

The proof will be in the eating. But if Key wants to stay in the centre, now he can, and economic reform could be the loser for this. I hope I'm wrong.

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