National leader Chris Luxon has publicly declared full confidence in National Finance Spokesperson Nicola Willis by proposing that former PM Bill English, not currently an MP, and Willis, who is an MP would be jointly directing the Ministers of every department to find savings.
I did a double take when Twitter started to comment on this. Surely this could not be true. Surely it was a joke.
But no here is the evidence.
— 🇺🇦Lying ex tobacco lobbyist🇺🇦 (@rugbyintel) April 21, 2022
So an unelected individual accountable to no one would have a role in directing Ministers on what cuts to make. Or are they planning on bringing back English via the list?
And what does this say about Willis’s role and Luxton’s confidence in her? There is a deep sense here that big jobs such as cost cutting should be left up to the men to do and Willis is not up to the job.
National should come clean and say what role English will play if National is elected to Government. And they should also say what cuts they are planning. And how they can afford tax cuts at the same time. And what they are going to do to address child poverty, the housing crisis and climate change.
And why Luxton has that little confidence in his Finance Spokesperson that he has to bring back English. Because this is what it looks like.