The Right unleashed the most brutal campaign in living memory against an opposition policy when the Greens and Labour announced the NZ Power plan to bring down power prices. They (rightly) saw it as a challenge to the whole rentier class that has been bleeding NZ dry for quarter of a century. It’s heartening, then, that the Right hasn’t managed to fool people.
The Greens commissioned a poll that shows 40% of people support NZ Power and 34% oppose, with the remainder neutral. That’s a really good result. As Russel Norman says, the Nats and the vest interests “threw the kitchen sink” at NZ Power – there was crazy commie talk, there were the paid academics, the declaration of war from Business New Zealand in its ‘open letter’.
This poll shows that a good policy has weathered an unprecedented assault by the Right and still has the support of the majority of people who have an opinion on it.
NZ Power is coming. Time for the rentiers to decide whether they’re going to kick and scream the whole way to their graves or adapt to the new future and find a place for themselves in it.