About those National policy leaks, or more specifically, about Mr Key's explanations of how they happened. In my experience when you have documents of such a confidential nature you collect in all the copies to avoid just such a shemozzle as accidentally leaving them on Trevor Mallard's desk. But maybe they do things differently in the National caucus.
If the policies were all together in one bundle, and were left on a table in the cafe, or in the caucus room, or in the toilets, or whereever the National leader reckons they were left today, well, wouldn't he know which policies were going to be leaked next? Because they were all together right? Like they were discussed in the caucus meeting, right?
In which case couldn't Key just come out and say something like "ok, there were six policies all discussed in that caucus meeting, and so I guess Labour must also have x, y and z." And then he could do a little prepping the ground, by inoculating the media and the public about the scaremongering tactics he could reasonably foresee Labour bringing out based on the policies he thinks they have. Then he'd look considerably more in control, and might even be able to curtail some of the damage.
But Key's not doing that, is he?
So either the policies weren't all in a bundle and it isn't an accident and they have a serious leak *cough* Bill English *cough*. Or they were in a bundle and someone had an oopsie and Key must know what's coming next but he's managing the situation very badly indeed.
I'm not really sure which scenario I like better.