The Labour, NZ First, Green government has just passed its second anniversary in power and what have we got?
- Fee-free tertiary education which hasn’t had a positive impact on participation, and a third of those who got the help failed or withdrew.
- KiwiBuild turned into KiwiFlop.
- Higher fuel taxes for all to pay for public transport in Auckland which includes the stalled project of rail to airport about which officials can’t get direction from the Minister.
- Two Ministers resigned/sacked.
- Thousands of hectares of productive land converted to forestry.
- Subsidies that incentivise forestry over farming.
- Foreign ownership of productive land encouraged by much less rigorous requirements than for purchase for farming, horticulture or viticulture.
- Business confidence in the doldrums.
- Interest rates heading towards zero and below.
- DHB deficits growing.
- Polytechs that are working well to be sacrificed for those that aren’t.
- Virtue-signaling environmental policies that come at a high economic and social cost here and add to environmental cost elsewhere.
- Policy at the mercy of the minor coalition partner’s leader’s whim.
- The waka-jumping legislation.
- The Provincial Growth
Shane Jones Promotion/NZ First re-electionFund.
- Policy announcement after policy announcement that is high on feel-good but low on planning.
It was easy to come up with those negatives, and it wouldn’t be hard to add more.
But what of the positives?
The only one that comes to mind is a Prime Minister who gets a lot of focus and high praise internationally.
But how much is that worth when there are so many problems that aren’t being solved at home?
A new government needs some time to get up to speed, but more than two-thirds through its term is too long on training wheels.