Does National have a mandate to sell assets?

By Jane Clifton In Politics

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17th March, 2012
The grand tradition is for politicians to be pilloried for failing to live up to their election promises. But just to mix things up a bit, we’ve now decided to penalise them for doing exactly what they promised. Actually, it’s even more fun than that. The new Opposition mantra is that the Government doesn’t have a mandate for a promise that it expressly made conditional on being re-elected. Which is what we used to call a mandate. The more closely you examine the debate over the partial float of electricity companies, the more perverse it gets. This policy was the headline issue of ...

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