The opposition and many on the left focus on how much the government spends.
How much matters but not nearly as much as how well.
More spending isn’t always better spending.
More spending can be wasteful.
More spending can be entrenching dependency rather than helping people towards independence.
Bill English says:
Our opponents think caring is promising more money.
But the need for more spending is often a sign of failure, not success.
I call it servicing misery.
Our aim is simple, to change lives.