Your editorial last Wednesday, ‘‘National’s Choice is Obvious’’ is quite correct except your advice to them is what got them kicked out of office a few months ago.
It is not the role of the Opposition to, in a modern Parliament, ‘‘punch holes in he Government, take the gloves off, wield the sledgehammer and put the Government to the torch’’, not even metaphorically. It is that outdated pugnacious stupidity which gave us Donald Trump.
It is the role of the Opposition to apply logical checks and balances, find errors and faults the Government may have overlooked and ensure promises are honoured.
We not only have a new Government but a new style of government the likes of which this country has not seen since Michael Joseph Savage led the nation out of the dark days of the 1930s.
National has any number of capable people to be the leader of a constructive Opposition but if they follow your advice they won’t remain in Parliament, let alone Opposition, very long. We have had enough of that. Tom O’Connor St Andrews