Regular readers of Keeping Stock (yes, both of you!!!) may remember this post from early February: http://keepingstock.blogspot.com/2008/02/hollow-woman.html
The background to this was Helen's Clark's insistence that the John Key-led National Party had a secret agenda. It didn't take much in the way of investigative journalism skills to remind my faithful readers that the outgoing Labour government threw Jim Bolger and National a massive hospital pass - an economy far sicker than anyone(other than them) was aware, and the BNZ in urgent need of a cash transfusion.
Eighteen years have passed, but little has changed. It would appear that the Labour-led government's decision today, supported by New Zealand First to buy back Toll's rail and ferry services marks the beginning of a spend-up by the government, the likes of which we have never seen before. Clark and Cullen know that they are on the way out, so they will leave National with as little in the kitty as possible.
This is cynical, spiteful politics of the very worst kind, based on vengeance. But why would we expect anything else from Labour? After all, as Michael Cullen noted the other day, "This is a contest about power in New Zealand"!!
Lord Acton was right - power indeed corrupts, and Labour at this moment seems to this writer to be "corrupt absolutely".