Jenni McManus reports in The Independent [offline]:
The first report from the 2025 Taskforce is due on Monday and the word is its recommendations are likely to be toxic to the Government.
Taskforce chairman Don Brash this week refused to reveal what it contains but The Independent understands its recommendations are light years away from the “steady-as-she-goes” approach of the present centre-right administration.
So, as predicted, National’s 2025 Taskforce seems likely to come back telling us we need to close the transtasman wage gap by implementing the same failed 90s ideology that created the gap in the first place.
Before the election it was a frequent refrain from National MPs that after nine years in government Labour was “bereft of ideas”. Seems National’s managed it in less than one.
[I should point out I don’t think National will adopt all or even most of the Taskforce’s recommendations. This is about shifting the centre ground to the right, thereby giving National the cover it needs to implement right-wing policies while appearing moderate and centrist in comparison to the alternative.]