4 States of the Nation from National, Greens, NZ First and Labour which ones were the best and worst?
Best State of the Nation: Labour
Andrew Little’s State of the Nation was head and shoulders above the there 3 parties. By announcing free tertiary education to be paid out of money National have earmarked for tax cuts, Labour look like they stand for something real and he did it by not becoming all doom and gloom. It was solution based policy that has a real impact on voters lives. It was bold and shows a Leader who is feeling so much more confident after the TPPA decision.
Runner up: National
Runner up because the Greens and NZ First State of the Nation’s were so awful. Key mumbled through his speech, warmed up some policy left overs, promised more powers for the Intelligence agencies, more privatisation of state houses and welfare. It was like a Cameron Slater wish list.
Worst equal: Greens & NZ First
I don’t want to sound like a trolls troll, but the Greens weird ‘we-aren’t-radical-we-can-play-nice-with-National- here-is-some-wonk-idea-to-measure-wonk-promises‘ vibe seemed like a hideous failure of policy direction and coms. Rushing to the centre just as Labour seem to be finding their spine is another example of the Greens zigging when they should have zagged. The resounding applause from the right wing pundits of NZ tells you all you need to know about the new direction the power hungry Wellington clique who run the Greens are now taking the Party.
NZ First are at the bottom with the Greens because Winston couldn’t help himself and indulged in racist bullshit brown privilege crap. Just because local councils will need to talk to local Maori doesn’t mean white people are missing out. NZ First want to pick up angry provincial votes off National so this sort of race baiting will be standard fare for the next 2 years.
NZ will have a choice in 2017. Petty garden variety bigotry from NZ First, more privatisation and Police powers from National, some wonky thing to do with Treasury from the Greens or 3 years free Tertiary education from Labour.