Misconception of the day:
Poverty is not a core concern of National supporters. Colin James
Where on earth did he get that idea?
It certainly wasn’t in the party’s vision which says:
The National Party seeks a safe, prosperous and successful New Zealand that creates opportunities for all New Zealanders to reach their personal goals and dreams.
It is probably fair to say most National supporters aren’t in favour of spending more money on benefits which trap people in dependence. But that doesn’t mean we’re not concerned about poverty and determined to help people get out of it.
We want a healthier, wealthier, better educated and safer country. That won’t be achieved without addressing the causes of poverty and helping people help themselves out of it.