This morning's quote comes from John Armstrong, as he reflects on the weekend's National Party conference in Auckland:
National's annual conference was not short of protests. But the protests were embarrassingly short of protesters.
Armstrong also makes this observation:
John Key and his senior ministers will take the paucity of protesters as confirming National is on side with majority public opinion in pushing ahead with controversial policies such as more welfare reform and much more oil and mineral exploration.National believes - or rather its polling is telling it - that most voters are now desperately hungry for serious economic growth. The environment has become very much a secondary concern.
We're pleased that the issue of mining is back on the table. If there is wealth underground in New Zealand, then it would be irresponsible not to consider extracting it.