Asset sales: is the Government mad?

By Jane Clifton In Politics

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3rd March, 2012
Government is at least 50% salesmanship – but as they say in the infomercials, results may vary. Currently at its nadir, John Key’s popularity is still level with Helen Clark’s at her most adored – yet despite his acknowledged charm and plausibility, he’s shaping up as a politician who couldn’t sell a cardy to an underdressed Eskimo. The evidence is stacking up so mightily against the partial floats of the four electricity companies, it’s beginning to look like an act of bizarre political martyrdom on National’s part to persevere with them. Even its handy election catch-cry, ...

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