After some initial nonsense blaming Labour for the global financial crisis (and repeating the “decade of deficits” attack spin), Duncan Garner gets down to business on National’s record:
Duncan Garner: After nine years in power, why is National’s report card so full of fails?
If this is success then our standards have slipped.
We have families living in cars. I saw one woman and her two kids the other night at the top of my street. It’s not how we do thing in New Zealand. Except now it is.
We have a Government that is too hands off. Let the market sort it. But markets fail. Markets don’t build emergency, social, state and affordable houses.
Governments, in partnership, lead and build. National utterly failed this group of struggling and increasingly bewildered and powerless New Zealanders.
The Government now buys entire motels to house the homeless and English says that’s a good thing, it’s unprecedented. Sure is. It’s National’s emblem of failure. The gap between the haves and have-nots appears starker than ever.
National also packed the immigrants in to the rafters in record numbers. Wages as a result have been suppressed.
They also forgot to plan where everyone will live. More than 140 people arrive in Auckland every day, sadly housing is provided for just 80 of them.
The poorest Kiwis have been squeezed to the sidelines. Auckland needs 14,000 homes built a year to meet demand.
After nine years of National the past year has seen just 7000 homes finished. Our infrastructure is creaking. The average price of a house in Auckland is more than $1m.
Good luck. First home buyers should be marching in the streets. They face renting for life. Or buying in Huntly or Levin.
National is also ambivalent on climate change, dirty rivers and our waterways. Action is needed now, not another kick for touch.
Polluters should pay. Get this into law. They do in Britain. Emissions have reduced. Why the free pass for our polluters? …
Take home message:
Over the next 28 days ask yourself this question: Am I living that promised Brighter Future?
And if you’re not, what are your options – and are they credible?