It may have seemed likely to most people shortly after the quake that the chances of Christchurch hosting any Rugby World Cup games were remote, but it hardly seems unreasonable for the government to take a couple of weeks to consider the issue.
Phil Goff has accused the National government of unnecessarily delaying the decision to take hosting rights off the city. Delaying? The earthquake happened only three-and-a-bit weeks ago, FFS. Perhaps the structural engineers had more important things to worry about than the state of a stadium and the fate of some rugby games. Had Key rushed the decision and said on 23 February "sorry Christchurch", how would that have gone down?
I can't fault John Key's management to date of this particular issue, because decisions have neither been rushed nor unduly delayed. And, on the face of it, the decision to take the hosting rights away is probably the right one.
So why doesn't Phil Goff get off Key's back and stop petty politicking, and instead start asking some hard questions about things that matter? Like welfare reform, our lack of economic growth and the like.
Just a thought, Phil.