The latest polling is good and it shows how successful the toxicity campaign against Jacinda was, but ultimately voters are still waiting on Labour’s 2017 promise to be transformative.
The looming economic recession is going to be far more damaging than most appreciate and Chippy has to give Voters who are struggling on the fringes real promise of actual change which will demand a level of policy courage from him that Jacinda was too cautious to attempt.
Here is how Chippy fights (and wins) the cost of living crisis:
Free Breakfast and Lunch in every school: Apart from an enormous reduction in the cost to parents each week, it will do more to counter truancy than any other policy.
Free Public transport: With the petrol tax going back on next month, the cost of transport will surge and everyone will need to look at alternatives. For most working poor, a quarter of their wage is taken up with public transport costs
Smash the Supermarket Duopoly: The changes that have been made so far would work if things were normal, but they aren’t normal and they won’t go back to being normal. The Government must smash up the Supermarket duopoly by backing a third player to generate real competition.
If the spending is targeted, that ends up being social justice and misses anyone who doesn’t get the diversity tick, but if the services are universally subsidised and provided, that is economic justice and benefits a far larger group.
Putting more money into lifting benefits doesn’t work because WINZ and MSD claw so much of it back, funding universal services is the solution to winning over the majority and ruling for the many and not the few.
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