There are several important differences between the voting public and the opposition.
Prime Minister John Key listed some of them in his speech to the National party conference yesterday:
On election day, over a million Kiwis supported our plan to build a brighter future.
They said yes to more jobs, lower interest rates and less debt.
They said yes to a better welfare system, more elective surgery and greater achievement in our schools.
They said yes to our tough stance on crime.
And they said yes to a more competitive economy.
The public said yes and the opposition just keeps saying no:
Labour and the Greens don’t have a plan and they don’t have a clue.
They just want to spend more money, bring in new taxes, and make you work two years longer.
They say no to everything that will move this country forward.
They say no to 90-day trials, which are giving our young people jobs.
They say no to oil and gas exploration.
They say no to irrigation.
They say no to jobs that are coming here from Australia.
They even said no to The Hobbit.
And the latest thing is they want unions to help elect their leader.
The job of the opposition is to oppose but a government in waiting must also put up viable alternatives and no isn’t one.
People don’t vote for no.
They vote yes for economic prosperity, better health and education and more security and you don’t get that by saying no to policies which will promote growth, equip more people for work and life and help more people become independent.