Oh I don’t know, it’s only taken since the last election to find out what National stand for (if anything), and like I suspected, it’s not pretty.
deliver an ongoing programme of tax cuts;
2. take a more disciplined approach to government spending;
3. cap the number of bureaucrats;
4. crackdown on gangs and the methamphetamine trade;
5. reform the Resource Management Act in its first 100 days of government;
6. open some government services up to private sector management;
7. set national literacy and numeracy standards for primary school children;
8. retain all existing superannuation entitlements and grow them through tax cuts, with Mr Key promising to resign if the pledge is not kept;
9. repeal the Electoral Finance Act but retain provisions which provide for greater transparency in political donations;
10. hold a referendum on MMP no later than 2011.
I’m sure, there’s no real beef to these bones, the slippery slimy unpalatable stuff will never be revealed till it’s too late, but what’s a few piddly details amongst friends.
Lets have a look at that list again, see if the bones reveal any of the entrails that they lead to.
1. deliver an ongoing programme of tax cuts; Code, borrow someone else’s money to give you money, at the expense of the Kiwi Dollar and foreign debt. That or cut services to give you money back, so you have to spend more to get the services you were getting in the first place. Do tell Mr Key, what’s it to be?
2. take a more disciplined approach to government spending; Translated, cut services.
3. cap the number of bureaucrats; Translated, offer less government, depends which side of the fence you sit, but this will inedibly lead to services being wound back.
4. crackdown on gangs and the methamphetamine trade; How many parties have offered this hollow election pledge since before Muldoon times. Any chance of telling us how, you said Labour couldn’t deliver 1000 extra police and they did, will it be 5000 more police or something else?
5. reform the Resource Management Act in its first 100 days of government; Now this is a bad bad thing. It’s well known that the corporate overlords that operate in the shady back corridors of National have long hated the little person having any form of redress if they come up against developments which would affect them. (piss taking conspiracy theory enough for ya?)
6. open some government services up to private sector management;Ah now we’re getting somewhere. Excellent, less govt funding for schools and hospitals, more paying for the fundamental services that you as an egalitarian tax payer in this social democracy contribute towards. Schools, Hospitals, Rest Homes, Police, ACC, Fire? what’s it to be sunshine, what are you going to open up to competition.
7. set national literacy and numeracy standards for primary school children; Duh it’s there already.
8. retain all existing superannuation entitlements and grow them through tax cuts, with Mr Key promising to resign if the pledge is not kept; Well this means nothing without any substantiating detailed policy. You might as well say, go on just trust us…
9. repeal the Electoral Finance Act but retain provisions which provide for greater transparency in political donations; Yeah right. If it wasn’t for journalists, there would have been no way we would have known about 1m dollars spent by religious wacko’s on your behalf trying to discredit the Greens at the last election.
10. hold a referendum on MMP no later than 2011. Brilliant. Bad eggs equates to bad system. National has never liked a political system that has given proportionality to the people. This is why they have spent the best part of a decade in opposition. They want nothing more than to take away your democracy and deliver it to the hands of the very very disproportionately white middle class middle aged male. Robert Muldoon survived two elections with the majority of the people voting against him, this is how corrupt systems work. The current minority government, is at least a reflection of society. Male, Female, Transgender, Rastafarian, Gay, Asian, Pacific Islanders, European, Asian, young and old are represented in this parliament. To take away any of the MMP system is to remove democracy itself, and they harp on about the EFA – what a disingenuous bunch of two faced bastards. Sure there will be a disinformation campaign run against MMP again, and the slippery minority will once again try to paint the very make-up of the proportional parliament as bad. They will use Sue Bradford and the Greens, they will point to homosexuals and other minorities as not reflective of society, but it is. They will try to paint these people as the reason MMP is wrong. Yet lets look whom have been the most deceitful of all politicians, and it’s proven time and time again, the old boys club, led by none other than Winston Peters and Don Brash.