Bill English has got to the bottom of Labour’s opposition to social policy changes which will reduce the number of people dependent on the state:
. . . During the debate, Mr English said that if the Government reduced the number of teenagers getting into trouble that might mean fewer social workers were needed and there may be a smaller government department.
“In the Labour Party’s world, that is failure,” he said. . .
Fewer young people in trouble, fewer people on benefits, more people with better education . . . All the things the government is aiming for will, over time, reduce the number of people who require assistance from the state and therefore enable a reduction in the size of government departments.