We haven't had time to read the full speech yet, so we won't make any comment on it. We've seen one extract though, and we doubt that anyone will find argument with these words from John Key:
The fundamental question you have to ask yourself is, “Is this what the architects of the welfare state had in mind”?
I don’t think it is.
I’ve often said that you measure a society by how it looks after its most vulnerable.
But you also measure a society by how many vulnerable people it creates.
At the moment it is creating too many, so we are going to make changes.
Key is quite right; New Zealand has been creating far too many vulnerable people for far too long. It's a huge dilemma for any government to contemplate, and the solution is not just simply throwing vast sums of money at the problem. National seems intent on taking a different approach.
We're off out for a few hours, and hoping that the rain and snow stays away. We'll read the full speech, and what National is proposing, and we'll comment further later this afternoon.