Oh for crying out loud, National. Either you are going to veto an extension to paid parental leave or you are not.
I was there last week when (Acting Prime Minister) Bill English said - pretty loud and clear - that doubling leave to six months was too expensive and the Government doesn't want to borrow to pay for it.
Exercising the power of veto will not be politically damaging, he insisted.
But either John Key's little European sojourn has left him feeling mellow, or he's suffered his usual allergic reaction to unpopularity.
Leaving English looking rather like the bad cop, Key overnight left the door ajar - saying they could take a look once the Government is in surplus.
On one hand it is a sensible move to offer compromise, show you are listening. In tune with the public mood, Key can sweep in and repair the damage done by inflexible English.
All of which would wash - if it weren't for the fact that the prime minister's chief spin doctor was in overdrive last week, pushing the message that a Government veto wasn't such a rare thing.
It's evident Key is feeling little thin-skinned since the election. Convinced the media are agin him, he is grumpily struggling to cope with the flak over asset sales and overseas investment. He's clearly got no appetite for this fight - even if English is up for it.
Like a political horse-whisperer, Key is hoping that with some soothing words he can calm the public indignation.
But it leaves the lingering impression the party over-reacted - and that Key has once again overruled his deputy.
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