After the first in her series of articles inviting a bank economist to analyse and comment upon Labour’s spending promises, tomorrow she turns to the second in the series with a close analysis of National’s promises. This will be no mean feat because each new dawn brings a new spending promise by National. $2b last monday alone.
Friday will see NZF under the spotlight.
Or it would if Ms Young has any integrity.
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She could start with Vernon Small’s foray today which included;
And remember that National has to fund health and education increases, its campaign promises – including as of Monday a second $2b families package – and all the fiscal pressures that Labour will face from within a $1.7b to $1.8b a year new spending allowance.
And just this afternoon Coleman promised something the surgeons say will push an already overworked workforce ($30m found for extra elective surgeries). $72m to get the nearly non existent drug addicted beneficiaries looking for jobs. $100m today alone.
Scurrying to the Herald tomorrow though. Cannot wait. But will.
Health warning: Do not hold your breath.
Update: I hope no one held their breath. Young and the Herald and Stuff provided no analysis of Nationals pile of spending promises.