Where’s the brighter future for our families?
The Dotcom debacle has highlighted a fundamental political truth – above all else, governments are based on trust. John Key has failed that most basic test. His continually changing stories and attempts to push the blame to the lowest levels rather than take responsibility is not only unfair but wrong.
I wrote to John Key last week requesting an independent and wide ranging inquiry. That is the minimum needed to restore trust. I will be fighting to hold this government to account.
Meanwhile the latest data on household incomes confirms what every family already knew – Kiwis are working harder than ever, but can’t seem to get ahead.
In the last year, median weekly incomes rose by just $6 a week. That’s not even half a block of cheese at the supermarket. But it’s also less than the rate of inflation, and that means most Kiwi households are going backwards.
John Key doesn’t have a plan for jobs and better wages. National has run out of ideas and is distracted by sideshows and a pig-headed determination to sell our assets.
John Key promised us a brighter future. Instead he’s delivering a low wage economy where the best opportunities often lie on the other side of the Tasman.
That’s not what I want for New Zealand. Labour will take a more hands-on approach than National, and our MPs are leading the economic debate.
We have fresh ideas, from changing the tax system to encourage investment in real businesses instead of real estate, to getting more Kiwis into trade training by paying employers that take on apprentices the equivalent of the dole.
New Zealand should be a smart, innovative country with high wages and secure jobs. Labour will build a fair economy, one that will give everyone the opportunity to make the most of their lives here in New Zealand – rather than on the Gold Coast.
All the best,
Leader of the Labour Party