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7:03 am, September 19th, 2017 - 33 comments
Categories: accountability, election 2017, national - Tags: #ChangeTheGovt, brighter future, election 2017, gordon campbell, legagcy, let's do this, national's record, nine long years, werewolf
Gordon Campbell on Werewolf sets out ten reasons not to vote National:
Three more years of business as usual is the real risk.
by Gordon Campbell
…the last time Labour was in power it ran eight straight years of budget surpluses and created such current staples of mainstream governance as the Cullen Fund, Kiwisaver, Working for Families, the China free trade deal and Kiwibank. Rather than spending up large on its pet social causes, Labour paid down government debt, thus leaving New Zealand pretty well placed to ride out the impact of the Global Financial Crisis. Whatever else he was, Michael Cullen was hardly a tax and spend lightweight.
The point being…if anyone you know is thinking of voting National in Saturday’s election, there’s still time for an intervention. You owe it to your friends and relations to intercede. Why? Because there’s plenty of evidence on National’s mediocre-to-awful track record over its nine years in power. We can’t afford another three years of drift. Here’s ten examples:
In each case below see Campbell’s full article for multiple links and excellent discussion.
1. Ordinary people have been systematically denied their fair share of the country’s wealth.
2. For nine years, National’s response to climate change has been abysmal.
3. National has systematically underfunded the public health system.
4. National has systematically reduced the funding for mental health services.
5. National has run its re-election 2017 campaign on a strategy of lies based on social divisiveness and fear of change.
6. National has demonstrated a systematic inability to recruit and retain teachers.
7. National has presided over huge rises in house prices, while selling off its existing stock.
8. National has been hostile to forward planning, especially with respect to alleviating poverty.
9. National seems incapable of a significant response to youth suicide.
10. National has sat on the sidelines while the student debt mountain has risen.
Standardistas may wish to add their own entries to the list (in fact the full piece continues in footnotes!). Campbell concludes:
The main risk factor for New Zealand is not the threat of change, but in perpetuating the status quo. For nine years, National has demonstrated its inability – or disinterest – in governing for the benefit of all New Zealanders. Overall, there’s been a stunning readiness by government to kick for touch over the challenges involved. As a consequence, the past nine years of drift have left a poisoned legacy for subsequent generations. The track record on child poverty, on the under-funding of (pre-school, primary and secondary) education and the unchecked levels of student debt, youth suicide and environmental degradation comprise a continuum of failure. […] Basically, if New Zealand is to have a future, it can’t afford another three years of the current crew.
Time to #ChangeTheGovernment.