David Shearer spoke to Greypower in Auckland today about the difference between Labour and National:
The difference between Labour and National is this:
They want to continue with the tired ideas of the past, just selling and cutting. We want the government to work in our own national interest, not someone else’s. The way the government is spending our taxes means more of the same, which has led to growing debt, slower growth, and now selling out our assets as a result. The alternative way is to get stuck in helping create more skills, more jobs, more successful exports that we build with our brilliant science, and stronger small businesses.
That’s the future I want.
Both National and Labour agree we should pay down debt and pay for the rebuild after the earthquakes – of course we must. Our difference lies in our intention to create a new destiny for New Zealand – and their hope that foreign buyers will somehow act in our interests instead of their own.
I can assure you that as the leader of Labour, I will be making sure we stand up for New Zealand and build the productive economy that we so desperately need.
The speech was very future-focussed, and shows Shearer is his own man. He wants a new style of politics, which is not about rival tribes playing “gotcha”, scoring the game, giving points for the best smart remark in parliament. Playing to the gallery in other words.
… not what most New Zealanders want.
They want leaders to focus on the future. They want us to set out a vision of where New Zealand should go, how we work together, how we strengthen our communities – and above all: how we make people’s lives better.
And how we plan to make a difference.
He also said that Labour intends to join GreyPower in a campaign against National’s asset sales, again something most New Zealanders do not want. It is really good to see Labour getting into campaign mode, even better when they are doing it in conjunction with a nationwide community organisation like Greypower.
The full speech is here. A very good start in my view – I think he will make a difference.