At the National Party Southern regional conference three weeks ago John Key said when he’d walked into a room the previous evening someone called him Mr English and a few minutes later he heard someone addressing Bill English as Mr Key.
The NBR is similarly confused this morning with a headline saying English attacks socialist dreamworld over a photo of Key.
Regardless of that, English is talking sense.
National’s budgets would have a sharp focus on economic growth. The goal would be to lift New Zealand’s economic status in the OECD. At present it is number 23, below Czechoslovakia.
This is the difference between people who understand that wealth creation is better than redistribution not just for individuals but the nation.
He explained to NBR that Dr. Cullen had used technicalities to conceal a warchest of $8 billion which he is now spending.
Moreover, he accuses Dr. Cullen of overcoming his stated aversion to debt funding, to the tune of around $4 billion of the last budget. Mr English says this will leave the cupboard bare by 2011.
The planks in National’s policy outlined by Mr English are: broad-based tax changes, improved regulation, effective control of government spending, improved education – especially improving the numeracy and literacy of about 10,000 kids who fail each year, and “have not got a dog’s show” – and infrastructure.
The real risk facing us not the aging population, it’s the young people coming out of school ill-equipped for work and life.