National has released a brochure, laying out all its policies. They take up two A4 pages of double-spaced bullet points. That’s incredibly lightweight. Contrast that with the policy files of another party outside government, the Greens.
National has 14 vague policies. The Greens have 51 policy area pages, each containing dozens of actionable policies.
There is no detail behind most of National’s policies. Their â€˜Youth Guarantee’ policy page has 383 words, barely more than this post. The Greens’ policy pages contain over 100,000 words.
The summary page of the Greens’ industrial relations policy alone is longer than the summary of all of National’s policies. And, they have more than just a list of bullet points and slogans. One more click takes you to a comprehensive policy page, laying out 37 detailed, actionable policies. That’s only industrial relations; an area in which National has just one policy: the 90 Day No-Rights Bill, the only piece of legislation they have ready to enact if they win.
National policy is just being designed now, by a small clique excluding even the relevant spokespeople. Many policies have only come out as slips. In contrast, the Greens have an open policy development process culminating in ratification by delegated members and policy development is an ongoing process, not a last minute hash job.
We have a very clear, exhaustive, and honest statement of what the Greens hope to achieve. What National would do in government, apart from weaken workers’ rights, is anyone’s guess.