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Monday, May 30, 2005

National's theme for this election

Taken from Brian Connelly's weekly email:
Since Labour took office in 1999 their tax take has increased 50% and the number of public servants has increased by 24%, yet hospital waiting lists are still unacceptably long, the NCEA is a complete mess, tertiary institutions are going bankrupt from irresponsible spending, and the Police are at crisis point over the 111 system.

The message is simple, increasing taxes and the public service does not necessarily lead to more effective state services.

National has a vastly different vision for New Zealand. We want hard-working people to keep more of what they earn. Where is the incentive for Kiwis to work hard when the Labour Government is taxing them to the hilt and then wasting that money on inefficient, ineffective bureaucracy?
I completely agree with this angle. There's no point campaigning on a platform of lowering taxes unless Labour's talking point of 'better public services require more taxes' can be properly addressed by the Nats.

Act's themes appear to be low taxes, crime, and ethical Government.

New Zealand First's are xenophobia and Grannie-rousing superannuation increases.

No one has yet pulled a moral card (feel free to correct me on that).

Posted by Antarctic Lemur | 5/30/2005 05:17:00 pm

6 Comments:

Blogger Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Forgive me but I'm not quite sure what is meant by 'moral card.' Is it morals as bespoken by fundi Christians or is is moral in the sense of responsible stewardship and a bit less bullshit from the Ninth?

5/30/2005 05:42:00 pm  
Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

I was asking to be corrected ;-)

I was meaning someone campaigning on homophobia or the like. I already know of people who intend to vote for NZ First because of the numbers of National MP's who voted for the Civil Unions Act.

Is a political party other than Destiny campaigning on personal morality issues? I don't think so - yet.

5/30/2005 05:47:00 pm  
Blogger Adolf Fiinkensein said...

That'd intersting. I think the vast silent majority of Christian adherents, church going or otherwise, are not homophobic. However they do wonder at the apparent preponderance of apparently gay and lesbian people in the parliamentary and party administration and I think they resent what they percieve to be an overenthusiastic approach to 'down grading' of the tradional Mum Dad and kids family. That Sandra Paterson jouno from Tauranga summed it up pretty well a few weeks ago. And it's exactly what I'm hearing from middle of the road church people who would normally support labour but not this time. Polls are not picking this up abd I'm not sure why. That's why a 'surprise' landslide would not surprise me, if we ever have an election that is.

5/30/2005 06:13:00 pm  
Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

Some people do find Labour's promotion of gay issues unsettling, especially given all the other problems such as the Police, education and health.

But I think they're more attracted to NZ First than National.

5/30/2005 06:34:00 pm  
Blogger Jordan said...

People never really like others fighting for equality. Ending homophobia is quite akin to ending sexism. It'll always upset someone.

As for the main point of the post: does the reverse apply? I.e. does less money = better public services?

5/30/2005 08:30:00 pm  
Blogger Berend de Boer said...

No jordan, a different system is called for. More market. That is more choice for consumer and it will work if they also get more responsibility. Emergency health care should remain free (until we have a different country), but there are lots of options that can be pursued by giving people more choice.

If hospitals have to compete on service and price, the service will improve and costs will go down. Just look at super markets, cars, computers and what have you.

5/30/2005 08:44:00 pm  

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