Helen Clark and Michael Cullen were sometimes criticised for taking a bit of time to make big decisions. They sometimes resorted to seeking more advice, getting more reports, asking for further options.
Some people got frustrated with them – but most were ok because they knew that once either of them gave their word they would stick to it.
John Key may learn from the Tuhoe experience that you can’t just say yes to everybody.
Being the nice guy might work for a while but letting some grumpy national party delegates or a focus group turn you into a liar doesn’t do much for your integrity John.