Centre-left governments will give Defence whatever it says it needs, for fear that a “No” will result in them being labelled a bunch of peaceniks.
Military hardware is really, really – really – expensive.
The spending lavished on Defence projects to meet the risks that could maybe, possibly, theoretically face New Zealand in future is breath-taking.
Much of the sympathy the public still feels for the families of the Pike River miners has been sustained by the sense that the previous government has never dealt honestly, or fairly, with them.
Oversight at any level of performance is not New Zealand’s strong suit… The Navy has now gone one step beyond. It won’t even ask itself whether it did a good job.