John Key’s favourite defence spin at the moment is people want to talk about policy and not hear answers on the ethics of trawling brothels, why Slater was given SIS information, blackmailing MPs into standing down, rigging candidate elections and hacking political party computers.
So let’s have a gander at policy then shall we?
National Party Policy
Housing policy that will actually inflate prices, not reduce them.
Signing the TPPA to rob NZ of its economic sovereignty for American corporations.
Pretending to be better economic stewards than anyone else based on a TeamKey cult of no personality for a Prime Minister currently knee deep in whaleoil sewage.
Labour Party Policy
– Economic Upgrade package
– Pro-growth tax reform including R&D tax credits and Capital Gains Tax (excluding the family home)
– Universal KiwiSaver
– Monetary policy reforms to boost exports and lower interest rates
– $200 million regional development fund
– Every young person under 20 in work, education or training
– Increase the minimum wage to $16.25 in our first year
– Reduce unemployment to 4% by the end of our first term
– Assist people from welfare into work through an increase in abatement thresholds
– 100,000 new affordable homes over ten years through KiwiBuild
– Crack down on speculators by stopping offshore purchases and introducing a CGT excluding the family home
– Remove LVR restrictions for first home buyers
– Ensure every rental is warm and dry with our Healthy Homes Guarantee
– Reduce power bills by hundreds of dollars a year with NZ Power
– Free GP visits and prescriptions for over 65s, under 13s, pregnant women and people with chronic illnesses
– Lower class sizes by hiring 2000 more teachers
– Affordable digital devices for every child
– Replace school donations by giving schools $100 for every child if they don’t ask for a donation
– Best Start payment of $60 a week for most parents in the first year of a baby’s life, continuing up to age 3 for people on low-middle incomes.
– 26 weeks paid parental leave
– 25 hours free ECE
One would think that policy is the last thing National would want to talk about. Screaming that Nicky Hager is a left wing conspiracy theorist while pretending that when someone, including John Key himself, refers directly to informing the Prime Minister of something, they are actually referring to an empty room, is far more amusing.