Election time cannot be far away. National has unveiled a discussion document proposing the reintroduction of any sanctions dumped by the Labour-led Coalition around benefits.

It is also promising, yet again, to go hard on gangs. Of course National is appealing to its own voter base, conservative or liberal, educated urban and rural folk, who believe they have worked hard for what they have.

Of course many National voters are the recipients of huge privilege in terms of family wealth, access to decent, often private, education and decent, usually private, health care.


They do not tend to live in