So National are shelving their plan to get out of deficit by 2014/15. Which was their only goal left.
They’d shelved stopping the exodus to Australia, stopping high unemployment, getting better public services, fixing our current account deficit, returning to growth, proper ECE funding (and Adult and Community Education at all), better training for teachers, keeping ACC fair, not cutting frontline staff, promises to not raise GST and more, all on the altar of surplus in 2014/15.
It may not have been good for the country, but that was what they stood for.
Now, not so much.
And with them rowing back on their education changes as they realise that parents actually like having their children interact with their teacher occasionally, and laying the groundwork on selling fewer assets as they realise that’s too toxic, we’re left wondering what National do stand for? What is their vision?
About the only thing they’re left with is tax cuts for the rich and white elephant motorways…