Trans Tasman observes:
The indication this week Labour would jettison one of its flagship items from the 2011 election campaign (the removal of GST on food and vegetables) underlines just how madcap the policy was in the constrained financial conditions in which the Govt has to operate. Until Labour’s younger brigade show they can compete intellectually, the Opposition will continue to trail in the polls.
You could well question the intelligence of anyone who thought that removing GST on fresh fruit and vegetables was good policy.
However, I don’t think Labour’s problem is lack of intelligence, it’s lack of real world experience.
So few of Labour’s caucus have business backgrounds, so many are former unionists or parliamentary staff.
That might have given them more than enough theories but it is no replacement for practical experience in private enterprise.