With the polls bouncing around all over the map, methinks some folk have been a little quick to bury the left’s corpse. And the interesting thing is the way they have done it, with a disappointed shake of the head and a “if only Labour had concentrated on policy, rather than using all their energy on Dirty Politics.” That is the Big Lie.
The truth is opposition parties have rolled out massively more policy than the government for this election. And the policy that opposition parties have released has been better developed and costed as well. How do you think National is able to release massive (doctored) lists of what opposition party policies might cost? Hard to do that if the opposition has no policy, right?
On the flip side, we have a government that still can’t tell New Zealanders whether the tax system will change, and if it can by how much. That is their flagship policy for an election in 15 days, and still nobody knows what the policy is. How’s that for not concentrating on policy?
Here’s a parlour game. Name the top five new policies of the two major parties. Start with Labour. Go!
And now National. Go!
The Big Lie here is that the left doesn’t have any ideas. The left is brimming with ideas, all paid for and popular.