MEDIAWATCH: Q+A: Nicola Willis trainwreck manages to eclipse Chippy’s performance of the year

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Another incredible show by the Q&A team providing the best political coverage this election and more evidence if needed that Jack is one of the best political interviewers in NZ.

He was hard on Chippy and Nicola, one stepped up, one failed appallingly.

Nicola Willis tranwreck interview this morning as she attempted to justify the many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many flawed failings of National’s tax policy was excruciating.

There’s simply no way National’s tax policy stands up in any way.

Jack Tame demolished the arguments behind their tax policy, their property tax, their gambling tax and every other argument holding it up and Nicola had so little to defend with.

There’s no way you can watch that interview and pretend that was the performance of a Finance Minister in waiting.

Robbing money from 2 year olds, climate change funds and public transport to give rich Landlords a $250 per fortnight tax cut is an obscenity and clearly defines the kind of country they want us to be.

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It’s extraordinary that her interview was such a train wreck that it managed to eclipse Chippy’s best interview to date.

Now Labour have policy like GST off fruit and vegetables and Free Dental to champion alongside the grim corporate greed of National’s tax cut – voters have real reasons to engage and Chippy is hitting his stride.

Jack grilled him hard on Labour’s many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many failings and he had solid counter punches and had the jaw to take it.

The difference between Chippy and Luxon is that Chippy is likeable where as Luxon want’s you to like him.

Chris is small and Harry Potter like, Luxon is a massive 6ft deodorant skull and when lined up against each other in the debates, Goliath will tower over David, but there is the affable Chippy who devours sausage rolls and makes Dad jokes and then there is the Bishop Executioner Political Assassin who is sent in to do the kneecappings.

The vast majority haven’t seen that Chippy and I believe Luxon has a glass jaw and he’s never been punched in the face, and I think he’s gonna git that live on TV.

The debates will matter this election when you consider how high the don’t knows are.

That pharmaceutical quisling ACT MP who has been catapulted into 4th place is a cancer who wants to privatise PHARMAC. ACT is now controlled by Big Pharma, Big Dairy and Gun Festishists.

If that little pharmaceutical quisling gets anywhere near PHARMAC he will privatise it in a millisecond.

Labour have made up for a lack of much progress or policy with strategic twists that are inch by inch taking the election back.

Ruling out Winston, highlighting ACTs extremism, GST off fresh fruit and vegetables, cutting $4Billion in spending and now stepping up with free dental.

It’s an extraordinary game changing policy and it contrasts with National wanting to rob 2 year olds, public transport and climate funds to give tax cuts to rich landlords!

I get many are angry with Labour over Covid, and for some it’s a deal breaker, but you can not pretend that Labour/Greens and Maori Party on a bad day isn’t infinitely better than ACT/National/NZF on a good day!

The contrast is now glaringly clear. Labour/Greens or Maori Party for social policy focused on the many or ACT/National and NZFirst focused on the few.

Free Dental and GST off Fruit and vegetables  vs Tax cuts for rich landlords funded by robbing 2 year olds, Public Transport and Climate budgets.

Comrades, Jacinda could have locked us all down for 3 years, it still doesn’t justify this venal and naked National Party self interest vs social policy for all of us!

National and ACT are currently leading in the polls, but it ain’t over till the fat blogger sings!

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118 COMMENTS

  1. If any of what you say comes true. We’ll be having another eleccction within 6 months from October??

    WWIII is more likely to happen within 12 months. I’m more concerned about that because when the US put boots on the ground… The US is a fair target for Russian retaliation.

  2. I think we all know what’s going to happen, when National’s 15% stamp duty on foreign buyer purchases of houses over 2 million, doesn’t raise the required money needed, and you have the countries experts, coming out and saying that it won’t raise the amount needed. Obviously National will then say, oops we have a problem, so we’ll need to extend the 15% stamp duty to all house purchases foreign or not. And National need to come clean on this issue, because the added 15%, is going to make it even more difficult for anyone to get onto the housing ladder, that is already so difficult currently. Has anyone collated the number of National MP’s with investment properties valued over 2 million, who will stand to gain from letting foreign buyers back. Which party’s MP’s stand to gain the most. How many of Luxon’s 7 houses are worth more than 2 million? The Chinese are not going to be happy if National start playing fast and loose with the agreement they have with NZ, that their citizens should be taxed at the same rate as persons in NZ, and not be subjected to taxes targeted at foreigners, so again the obvious answer will be for the 15% stamp duty to be applied to everyone. It’s not going to take much discomfort from China, NZ’s biggest export market, for National to do a very quick rethink. This just shows the stakes National is prepared to gamble, in play for to power. It won’t pay to poke China in the eye and to risk the hard fought for China FTA, which National seems oblivious to putting in jeopardy. So again the 15% stamp duty will probably quickly extend to all properties, to keep China happy. A CGT would take 10 years to start generating return, but the 15% stamp duty will be immediate. Like I said, National needs to come clean on this, before Luxon comes under scrutiny, and gets grilled on it during the TV debates, where a lot of people will be tuning in, to decide who to give their vote to.

    For different reasons, I’m actually in favour of a stamp duty on property, but in the hands of the reserve bank, to give them a tool more precise than interest rates, to curb an overheating property market without affecting the wider economy.
    The Reserve Bank basically needs more tools, including the Don Brash VSR tool, instead of using their main tool of interest rates, because it puts companies with high debt into bankruptcy during high interest rate periods, who could have otherwise have continued merrily along. And have the goods and services they once provided, often replaced by imports, doesn’t make much sense.

    • Most farms are priced over two million these days. Make stamp duties broad based it’ll be true feudalism, or narchism with in two generations.

    • “ and you have the countries experts, coming out and saying that it won’t raise the amount needed.”
      Who are these supposed ‘experts’? Ex IRD deputy commissioner Robin Oliver said “ National’s plan stacks up”. Given the pent up demand, and the enthusiasm already for Nationals plan to remove the firing buyer ban on properties over $2m, the 15% tax may well raise more than predicted.

      • @ Liberty Belle. UofA prof Craig Elliffe was one. I think he’d qualify as an expert based on his credentials and background. He argued it was very light on details /costings/ modeling. Brad Olsen (Infometrics) was another. He also saw sparse detail as a lack of credibility. There are most likely other so called experts.

    • Simply put it is called plan B but the trouble is they (National won’t admit their plan A is going to fail) Instead they will resort to blaming.

  3. Your desperation is showing lol

    Willis is a classy lady with a nice family at least.

    Compare with Cindy whose partner is a drug using celebrity , and who promises the moon but delivers a rotten onion

    • Anyone on this blog knows I am no lover of Labour or their ex leader Jacinda but your reference to her and her partner does you no credit .She lead us through a rough time and it is know wonder she looked worn out when all the thanks she got was people like you being brave keyboard warriors.

      • I find Nicola Willis a welcome addition to our political scene.
        She comes across as a sincere,honest person without the affectations displayed by many in the Labour leadership.
        She is a mother of 4 children yet held down senior executive positions before entering politics.

        • we remember the horse analogy put downs and the scurrilous “little woman” misogyny of the last 6 years bob. very nasty indeed.

        • Gosh Bob and all those supporters who vote right have the same personality as Cam Slater, vile, dishonest, insecure, insular, of no moral standard and corrupt.

          • NSC I’m very flattered by the attention you afford but even more so by you using my expressions.
            Imitation the ultimate form of flattery.
            Thanks old boy.

            • Self adulation is not flattery, however your continuation to believe so makes you all the more embarrassing.

    • Mark, this comment shows what a fucking numbnut you are. If you need to make comments like that you obviously are in the lower decile of intelligence.
      So what if Clarke is a drug taker, it’s his business and no one elses.
      I could say one or two things about Willis and her behaviour at Fonterra but I won’t.

    • Drug using celebrity? Evidence or are you happy to go to court to prove this?

      I think you are sadly retarded.

    • Most of the people in New Zealand use drugs so your comment is meaningless, it looks like you just want to create a reaction and it seems you are not going to win any popularity by making pathetic insinuations.

    • Willis is a bot, failed mayoral candidate elevated beyond her skillset for optics, without an original thought in her head.

    • Simply put it is called plan B but the trouble is they (National won’t admit their plan A is going to fail) Instead they will resort to blaming.

  4. How many voters are still listening to Labour’s campaign or please to support them?

    And how many of Labour’s potential voters will bother to vote? Remember the ‘missing million’.

    • Ada people can still listen or read and decide, rightly so, that National are every bit as f’ing hopeless as Labour.

      What is laughable is that the likes of Bob criticise Labour for house prices going up. That’s pretty much Nationals entire economic plan. Any house that’s around 1.6mil is instantly going to be listed or reserved at 2mil. Why would you not do that so you can include the biggest pool of buyers

        • There it is everyone, Bob is in it for Bob, he cares for no one else so next time he says Labour have failed the poor, take his comment for what it is, uninformed right wing trolling.

          “Look at me I’m wealthy, own lots of houses, highly educated, my children are the best and brightest”. wank wank

        • That makes absolutely no sense considering that borrowed money is un-taxed. I’m just guessing you don’t have multiple properties just based off of your brief comment.

            • Look housing people isn’t just good it benefits those willing to put there ass on the line borrowing millions of dollars. Yknow having people live in cars and garages and under bridges does nothing for speculative property portfolios. Yknow I write checks to the tax man for tens of thousands which is a lot for me but I do it because I know health and educating everyone benefits me. It’s better. You just got to make adjustments to your mentality and stay hard.

              • It is very evident Bob doesn’t give a rats arse about anyone else Sam. It’s clear by his constant gloating about how wealthy he is without actually showing any interest in others values. Because he is insular in his thinking, this just shows how morally bankrupt he is.

  5. LINO does NOT in ANY WAY justify a vote. They had ‘total’ power and did NOTHING with it. Let’s repeat that, they did NOTHING (of importance) for the 70+% workers. So WHY EVER believe that they WILL indeed represent the workers?
    At least ALL the other party can CLAIM, they would do ‘it all’ if they had the power to. LINO can NOT.
    Agreed NACT are EVEN worse, which is saying a LOT. UNLESS you are in the 1%, and maybe arguably in the 9%. The rest voting for them are USEFUL IDIOTS.
    So what to do?
    I guess the Maori party.
    I don’t agree with most of what they stand for and I’m not Maori. BUT, they at least have a decent tax policy that is nominally aimed at helping the majority.
    PLUS, there is the SLIGHTEST chance that the message might get across (and be indisputable) that the people of NZ WANT a fair, equitable and DECENT standard of living. BUT that might be a tad too hopeful, that these cruel-sick pollies REALLY CARE enough to listen. “it is hard to get those who salaries depend on NOT understanding your point of view, to understand your point of view’.

    Greens have proved they are WORSE than LINO.
    So as TOP look like they’re NOT winning a seat, this SHAM of a democracy, gives the thinking person ONLY ONE real option. How shameful of a state of NZ and its politics, is that.
    p.s. I’m an ex Green voter (more fool me !), who is left wing, BUT LINO has NEVER ever been left wing (since 2000, when I arrived here) in my humble opinion.

  6. I hate Labour as a renter because Jacinda sold a dream and delivered a nightmare but I know that JK’s sight hand man will be worse. I will hold my nose and vote for Labour. Last chance.

  7. Agree Jack did excellent hard hitting interviews and made them answer the ‘god dam question’ !

    It was a disturbing, sad, depressing LIST of failures that Jack listed of Labour. No wonder everyone is desperate to see a mental health peep.

    • Who cares, who’s watching, election has gone well past policies, people just want change from Jacinda creation.

  8. Saterdays Press newspaper .2 Stories
    1 Senior Doctors and Dentists threaten to go on strike as many practices are not making money due to under funding from Labour.
    2 Children with mental health needs are waiting up to 2 years to be seen due to a shortage of staff. Those with suicidal tendencies are seen with 3 months.
    So suddenly we have the money for some free dental work a short time after Labour shot down the similar suggestion by the Greens as not be feasible. This is the same story with GST of fruit and veg which was not possible then a drop in polls and suddenly it on the table .

    • They are receiving funding from the tooth fairy.
      Seriously Chippy will say anything to get votes,things that were unaffordable are now magically affordable and the Labour lolly scramble has only just begun.
      Anyone got a spare pork barrel?

      • And Bob will keep saying the same shit just on different days. Like National policies he’s boring us all. Simon Bridges has 10 pork barrel Bridges to sell and now tax cut pork barrels Prickler Willis has got something to sell us.

        • Sorry NSC but your word scrabble doesn’t make sense.If English is not your first language then I will forgive your word mangled posts.

          • With your IQ being 6, I knew you would struggle with this. I can’t help that you’re simple Bob the first but I can forgive you for this.

  9. Watched with interest… firstly to see if Jack was as hard and persistent with Willis as he was with Chippy. He was! Chippy remained cool under fire; Willis was flustered and talked over Jack (yet she was obviously put up instead of Luxon who would have been crucified). Chippy fronted, Luxon didn’t. Says something!
    Also interested to hear the 4th on ACT’s list – a relative unknown drug lobbyist – who will be clearly ACT’s health spokesperson. He was very unconvincing and looked like a possum caught in headlights. His interest is only in the small percentage in NZ and the world, who can afford such expensive, life-saving-enhancing drugs.
    The NatACT coalition is looking more and more a government for the minority wealthy – and not only wealthy NZers, but anyone who can buy their way in.

    • @ Verity Verdant. I assume Nicola Willis was interviewed instead of Luxton because she is the finance spokesperson. Not all that convincing. They’re grasping at straws to attract the squeezed middle, read swingers.

  10. Labour didn’t govern for those who voted for them despite having an unprecedented MMP majority.
    Why does anyone think they will change if given another term?
    Their team is incredibly weak not helped by the ministers who jumped ship or were made to walk the plank.Incumbent Ministers Robertson and Parker are ill at ease with Chippy while Little who looked promising has failed in the portfolio’s he’s held.
    Megan Woods has under performed and quite frankly is only good at nodding when in shot with Chippy.
    I know I’m biased but despite that I think I’m right.

    • You’re hard right, so clearly biased. Which makes your comment so underwhelming and uneducated.

  11. Well well one thing for sure, if we do get a catastrophic NACT government it will certainly not be transparent, no modeling of tax policy to be released. Obviously Nicola knows best not Jack’s tax expert who specializes in tax and teaches it at Auckland University. Me thinks “ the ladies not for turning “ now where have I heard that phrase before ??. Nicola Willis ignorance was laid bare for all to see because the “lady ain’t got a clue”

    • Queeny I think you are being very mean.Nicola Willis has a business background which gives her tremendous advantage over most in the Labour lineup.
      On any issue particularly finance you can find specialists to suit your views given the number of variables at play.Another good example is “climate change.”
      The Lefts modus operandi at election time is to promise then not deliver,we have ample proof of that.

      • Jenny Shipley had a business background and she has lost millions of other people’s money.
        You keep claiming business people are better at running the country but offer no evidence to support this. Willis was in government previously and she was very poor. Please stop your nonsense biased posts.

      • Well Bob if being truthful is mean so be it. Nicola Willis just showed her ignorance on live tv for us all to see. In parliament she throws questions around like confetti, the questions about finances have no meaning. She reads innuendos off scripts, Now Bob be honest is it in NZ best interests to allow foreign buyers to buy up NZ homes just for a few measly dollars in your back pocket that she doesn’t really want you to spend , because it’s inflationary. Is it healthy to encourage online gambling for a few measly dollars in your back pocket. Should the squeezed middle who work in the public service loose their jobs so that other squeezed middle have a tax cut. Do you really want to see the squeezed middle become the bottom feeders, languishing on the dole because Chris Bishop hopes they will lose their jobs.

  12. Selling homes to foreign buyers?
    Wonder where a large portion of these would potentially be from that NatCCP would be targeting?
    Hmmmmm…

  13. In case I missed something I’ve just rewatched the interview and still conclude Nicola Willis was exceptional,unflappable a confident politician articulating her points clearly.
    Watching the body language of Jack Tame told me he was impressed too.
    Compared to Chippy,the career politician,she was excellent.

  14. Chippie is incredibly unlikeable. I remember his smug self-righteous covid briefings as Health Minister. Still waiting on a NZ independent inquiry regarding Labour’s reprehensible (and utterly ineffective) draconian covid policy, like most other countries are doing (e.g. UK, US, Australia). Crickets.

  15. National and Act are running on hate. The Banner Slogan of getting NZ back on track is no different from the slogans used by the American ultra-right lately. Locking into the white majority disillusioned with a changing world. And that does not bode well for NZ. Although they themselves are not racist..their supporters need to think they are.

  16. Their biggest problem is the lack of good team members, I am not convinced that National or ACT are any better and the evidence so far shows their policies are likely to increase the disparity within NZ.

  17. GST off fruit and vegetables – yes I heard some people are going to get a whole $3 from this.

    If that was his best interview then God help me.

    He looked far to anxious and was.

    Vote Te Pati Maori – the two main parties can go to hell and squabble about it all there.

  18. We all know how National will fund the “tax cuts” when they inevitably don’t meet their revenue targets. They’ll pull the old tax bait and switch by raising GST again, resulting in a net tax increase for most, hurting everyone except their rich mates. The sheeple of this country have such short memories.

  19. Has anyone asked how Labour is funding their ‘free’ dental care ?
    I guess not. Perhaps if National’s funding falls over, they will just do what Labour is going to do, and has done for six years.
    Borrow.
    So what’s the fuss about ?

    • Labour has the advantage of knowing what shape the books are in Richard. Our debt to GDP ratio is still good compared to many other countries. We also got good ratings from the credit agencies with an AAt and Aaa.

  20. What I find difficult to understand is both Luxon and in particular Willis bemoan the debt taken on by Labour to get us through Covid including giving tax relief at the pump.
    So by complaining of the extra debt taken and proclaiming wasteful spending, one can assume by this that money wasted on rightful increases in wages and salaries to health( nurses, allied health and shortly doctors), education, beneficiaries and businesses suffering through covid.

    There is massive hypocrisy in Luxon and Willis and this is evidence by their complete lack of information as to whether they would have not invested in all those above mentioned.
    It is extremely scary to think where National will make cuts to expenditure given their previous 9 years, whereby they cut funding in health, education, policing alongside cuts to kiwisaver and benefits whilst promoting rebates to landlords and a low wage economy.
    It looks very evident National will win the election alongside Act. Seymour wants to cut the winter energy payment to the worse off. I would suggest that is simply callous.
    Because of this, I will have a contingency plan that will involve taking my expertise and moving to Australia.

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