Before the last election National was criticised for being Labour-lite.
There is no danger of that this time.
Just a week after the election date was announced there are some very clear differences in the two major parties’ policies and goals.
Trans Tasman’s noticed one of the bigger ones:
Key’s underlying message is the Govt is going to structure the public sector for the people who use its services: Labour is going to defend the current structure because it suits the people who work in it.
The public service grew too big under Labour. It’s a costly burden which is weighing down the private sector.
Back room functions are necessary to support front line staff and leave them free to do the work that matters most. But when the back room expands too much and uses scarce funds needed more for services and those who provide them it’s time for rebalancing.
The public service is supposed to serve the people who need its services not those who staff it.