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John Key speech

John Key's Waitangi Day speech defended February 6 as our national day, acknowledged our willingness to look back and pointed out that we're not a nation of flag wavers. But why not and why shouldn't we be?

There is something about a beginning; about the hope it represents and the faith that it will lead somewhere, the fact that it is always the hardest part and often the truest. Our beginning is Waitangi Day, our national day, and John Key has again demonstrated his gut appreciation of what it means to us as a nation.

John Key is finally dragging his government out of its lethargy, hinting at insulation plans and major building projects. But today's speech showed a man still wrestling with a core question: Who should pay for the crisis we're in

At the start of the week I was criticising the government for its apathy in its first three months as government.