We all know the 2025 Taskforce is a farce and a waste of taxpayers’ money. The Government has disowned it, the critics have panned it. Even Garth George has come out calling for its first report to be recycled into toilet paper.
It genuinely appears to serve no function but to subsidise the wacky right-wing fantasies of Don Brash and David Caygill and to shift the political centre so the Government’s own right-wing policies appear more moderate.
So it’s great to see Phil Goff calling on John Key to put a stop to this stupid, wasteful farce and scrap the 2025 Taskforce.
“The Taskforce’s first report, this week, was a complete and utter waste of money, Phil Goff said in a speech in Napier.
“The report was widely and deservedly panned by nearly everyone who read it. It cost $150,000, according to media reports, and contained nothing that we have not repeatedly heard over many years from Dr Brash.
“The Taskforce has a budget of $477,000 over three years. So I have a challenge for the Government – don’t be relaxed or comfortable with this waste – dump this soapbox for Act and Dr Brash, and save the taxpayer the unspent $330,000,” Phil Goff said.
Great stuff. The question for Key will be whether he takes take the PR hit now by folding to Goff’s advice, or risks ongoing embarrassment as Brash continues to release toxic nonsense on the taxpayer’s dime.