National Party strategist and Dominion Post columnist Richard Long declared war on “P” today.
The “P'” word that is.
Labour and the unions have attacked the proposed ACC changes by using the scare word “privatisation”, whereas the policy is actually aimed at providing choice in an area which is at present a monopoly.’
Actually Richard, it was Merrill Lynch who first used the P word. It’s there in the title header of the leaked report that blew open National’s plans and forced its hand into an early policy announcement:
Potential privatisation of the NZ casualty insurance market
And there’s the “P” word again in the first sentence:
If the National Government in NZ wins the election scheduled for later this year, there is a strong chance that it would move quickly to privatise the ACC’
And then another five times on the first page alone and many, many more times throughout the report:
Publicly, as best we can identify and contrary to statements made by several insurers we have met with in NZ, the National party has made no formal statement on its plans for ACC. Informally, however, we understand the NP has been very clear in saying it will privatise the ACC and we are told there is a well buried comment on the NP website suggesting they plan to privatise the market.’
So here we have again, John Key and National saying one thing to voters and another thing to big business in this case the insurance industry.
If only the media would declare a war on “D” for deceit.