Stay the course, Key to victory

TRACY WATKINS
Last updated 14:19 29/06/2014
John and Bronagh Key
ROSS GIBLIN/Fairfax NZ

CAPTAIN KEY: Prime Minister John Key and his wife Bronagh meet the faithful during the National Party Conference at the Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington.

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Steady as she goes. That's the message from Prime Minister John Key's "big" policy announcement to the National Party conference in Wellington as it wrapped up today.

OPINION: Anyone expecting a splashy announcement would have found it an anti-climax - Key used his speech to announce a raft of regional roading projects would be bought forward, using money from the asset sales.

It's bread and butter stuff but then at this stage of the electoral cycle National doesn't need to do much more. The party is at close to or around 50 per cent in most major polls. National is in no need of a game changer or a big splash- that's Labour leader David Cunliffe's particular mountain to climb.

There will be complaints that the roading spend up is a taste of old fashioned pork barrel politics - and it is  a bit of that.

But then this is an election. And there will be plenty more pork barrels rolled out between now and September 20.

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