Both major parties show-boated over getting tough on crime this week. The only difference being Labour actually had policy; National, just slogans. We generally steer away from covering ‘I’m tougher than you’ politics on The Standard. Instead, we focused on the fundamentals that matter to ordinary Kiwis, wages and rising costs. We also had a deeper look at what Key is actually promising when he says he’ll fund bigger tax cuts by cutting ‘waste’ and says he can cut inflation by lifting government productivity. Turns out he is making some pretty gargantuan promises that he would fail to deliver on. Here are our favourite posts of the week:
What went on at the ‘horn?
..[Key] was heard commenting on the attributes of caucus members, including those who were ‘mad’ (Nick Smith) ‘out of her depth’ (Judith Collins) and ‘a prick’ (Gerry Brownlee) [more]
Key’s slippery promises on waste
…National needs to deliver $20 a week on average more than Labour. That’s $3 billion a year…to cut that much, National would have to use a cleaver, not a scalpel…[more]
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