Online we have a variety of views.
Green co-leader Russel Norman highlights the good and the not so good in the speech, from his perspective. Reasonably fair (for them 🙂
Tony Milne has done a tagcrowd on the speech and says it is a good speech, using the language of the left.
Jordan Carter at first says he does not disagree with much in the speech, but then in a later post goes on to argue that any underclass is rapidly shrinking and now consists of no more than “1,000 families” out of 1.6 million households.
The PM has taken a similar line, basically saying there is no longer much of an underclass. I think she may regret that assertion.
John Armstrong labels it timid but picks up on subtle nuances such as involving business and the private sector in helping solve some problems, nut just relying on government departments.
The NZ Herald Editorial is fairly positive saying “Key’s achievements have been well publicised by political detractors. He has committed the cardinal sin, to them, of becoming very rich on his own wits”
Tracy Watkins in the Dom Post just gives a fairly straight summary of the speech.
Audrey Young covers the speech and gives a summary of reaction from other parties.