The Hobbit

Peter Dunne has written a blog post offering commentary on the SkyCity and Hobbit deals. Thing is, surely he needs to answer the very questions he poses to the Prime Minister

Good old Peter Dunne, eh? Always easy to underestimate, he often is much sharper and, from a media perspective, a better performer than he's given credit for. And now it seems he's reading Pundit and absorbing our (ahem) wise words. Or perhaps he and I are just thinking alike... should I be worried?

The first Hobbit movie has been made and released. And now so have some critical emails. Isn't it time for some full and frank answers from the players in the dispute?

And now we get to the nub of the matter. Timing, as it is said, is everything. So it is with the debate over The Hobbit, the indignation expressed by Sir Peter Jackson and the law change made by National.

Whether the resolution of The Hobbit fracas is good or bad, the way it got resolved looks pretty dodgy to me.

At the time The Hobbit saga was threatening the-end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it, I wrote this post expressing some bemusement about its resolution. Specifically,

Labour is going after National on early childhood education costs, and for once actually has the politics on its side and the government on the ropes

Smaug, the mighty dragon in The Hobbit, looked near invulnerable when Bilbo first laid his eyes on him. His hide covered in scales, jewels encrusting his soft underbelly.

National arrived in government promising a unified approach to economic growth, but two years into its term The Hobbit debacle revealed a reality at odds with the rhetoric

The National government has developed a liking for talking about this country as New Zealand Inc. It fits with its business-friendly ethos and gives voters the impression of decisiveness and efficiency in tough times. But The Hobbit debacle raises serious questions as to whether New Zealand Inc. is anything more but a political conceit.