Last night’s TV1 leaders’ debate confirmed that Phil Goff is an able and experienced politician who ought to know better than to promote policies which will increase debt, hamper growth and costs jobs.
It also confirmed that John Key is an able politician and his real world experience is more than a match for Goff’s parliamentary longevity. Unlike Goff he leads a party with a plan to reduce debt and encourage growth and the jobs which will come from that.
In announcing National’s action plan should it lead the next government, Key said:
We will get straight back to work on making our economy stronger, by balancing the books, repaying debt, and creating more jobs.
The plan outlines the next critical actions a National-led Government will take in several important areas – debt and the economy, welfare, law and order, education, health, and rebuilding Canterbury.
Each of these areas is vitally important to the future of New Zealand, but none more so than getting back into surplus and reducing New Zealand’s debt. But to carry out this plan, we need a strong, stable National-led Government.
Although the polls suggest that a National win is a near certainty, it isn’t.
. . . the reality is that Saturday is the only poll that counts, and the result will be much closer than some people think.
Under MMP, you can stack up the parties in all sorts of combinations and the potential for a Labour Party-led stack of minor parties is very real. And the more complex the stack of parties, the more expensive it will be.
Two things are certain. Firstly, that a Labour-led stack will lead to more debt – around $21 billion over four years collectively so far.
Secondly, it will stack up more costs and burdens on business – Labour has 10 big extra costs of their own – and that means fewer jobs for New Zealanders. New Zealand can’t afford that recipe.
A strong, stable National-led government or the shakey stack of Labour, Green Party, Maori Party, New Zealand First and Mana?
The choice is clear. If we don’t want to join the European PIGS – Portugal, Italy, Greece and Spain, we need strong and stable government focussed on cutting debt and increasing growth, not a shakey stack competing with each other to get their expensive and economically irresponsible policies implemented.
The action plan is here.