Missed opportunities or just avoiding the issue?
MPs Simon Bridges and Louise Upston spoke to an audience of probably 100-plus on Thursday at the Cambridge Community Centre.
After a long introduction, in which he acknowledged that though many of today’s problems, started in the Muldoon era, were not addressed by successive governments, were compounded and blamed on “the previous administration,” Bridges praised the Clarke Government.
Bridges then asked for questions, which he fielded, ranging from education for the less privileged, criminal gangs, drugs, (forgetting the flip-flop of the 2014 psycho-active substances legislation), government by consensus, not the present adversarial method, and a number of other concerns — which due to long drawn-out answers were not heard as we ran out of time.
Policing, Kiwi build, health, mitigating the effects of climate change and many other concerns could have been heard.
Were they avoided?
Or were they just missed opportunities?
Did his school report say, as mine did, “could do better, should listen more and like ‘The wise old owl’ talk less?