The wind in their sails

Good analysis of NZ’s current climate politics by Colin James in today’s Herald:

Having dawdled for seven years, in part because of strong adverse public opinion, the Government is now racing to make up time. Officials who have been frustrated by conflicting signals from the Beehive – wanting bold, imaginative policies but subordinating them repeatedly to number-crunching with minor parties – are now under the whip.

Big shifts in international markets are also blowing businesses along:

That sea-change offshore – coupled with a big public opinion shift here – has moved business opinion in this country. As a senior National MP says, “Politicians are struggling to stay up. Business is pushing past them.

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