It would be easy to dismiss the campaign being spearheaded by
Grey Power and the Council of Trade Unions for a referendum
to halt National's partial state-asset-sales programme as the
politics of gesture that will achieve nothing.
National's "mixed ownership model" - the innocuous-sounding
vehicle tasked with making the party's unpopular
privatisation agenda more appetising - paradoxically may yet
end up making the partial sell-offs of state corporations
even less palatable to voters.
Labour leader David Shearer and Prime Minister John Key had a
brief conversation last month on the short walk from the
debating chamber to the Legislative Council Chamber for the
official opening of Parliament.