National and Labour launched their campaigns on TV and radio tonight.
Who do you trust?
I believe I can offer the leadership which will keep taking New Zealand ahead. I know there’s been an incredible transformation in this country’s economy and society during the years I’ve been prime minister. I want us to continue making the changes that will make our families strong and our small country great.”
“New Zealand has always been a great place to live, work and raise a family but the past nine years has become a story of lost opportunities.
“When the economy was going okay the Government failed to take advantage of that and reduce taxes, increase growth and financial security.
“You work hard, you do the right thing, you pay your taxes and you try to raise your family responsibly. You are entitled to expect the same level of commitment and responsibility from your government.”
The contrast couldn’t be greater.
One is refusing to face up to the most serious economic crisis in decades, ignoring the fact her government squandered the good years and left us unprepared for the bad and with no plan to get us out of the mess.
The other recognises the problem and that while we have a responsibilities, so too does the government.
Over at The Hive, Queen Bee notes the contrast in styles:
One is of hope and positivism, the other is largely negative and supposedly about trust.