Watching the final leaders’ “debate” last night, I was particularly struck by the responses to the question (paraphrased) “what will your government do in its first 100 days?”. Cunliffe (if I may steal Mickysavage’s list) was quick off the mark and compelling:
Key was grasping at straws:
Like Bill English before him – Key has no idea what he wants to do with a third term. He is simply clinging to power for power’s sake.
This election the Nats have been all about a cult of personality, and all about “stability”. I guess by stability they mean no ideas, they mean more ministers resigning in disgrace, more dirty politics, more surveillance, more daft economic policy, more house price increases, more filth in our rivers, more vilification of beneficiaries, more inequality, more suffering for those in poverty, and so on and on and on.
This election Labour and the Greens have been all about a positive message, all about change. Raise the minimum wage, clean up our rivers and environment, try to lift people out of poverty, address carbon emissions, restore balance in employment law, rebalance the tax system, sensible economic policy and investment in NZ, public transport not roads, build houses, clean up dirty politics, and much much more. It’s smart, it’s positive, it’s a clean start, it’s what we need.
Of these two visions of the future, I know which I prefer.