The last few weeks, in fact leading up to election proves we don’t really need a government as things just carry on. There is no doubt that National could’ve done much more both during the GFC and especially in the last few years and platforming on business as usual wasn’t really a brilliant strategy in hindsight. They left their run too late, made promises on the campaign trail and even still reached their maximum vote. It all came down to the Maori party really. In losing their seats they lost the election for National. So where to from here?
Probably business as usual. Really, are New Zealand First policies that bad?
What is important is that nobody wants an unequal society. As far as immigration goes, yes NZ First may be right. A lot of the colleges of education that somehow get government certification are offering pieces of paper to Indian and Chinese immigrants to study here for a few years. That piece of paper wouldn’t give graduates a job in New Zealand so why are doing it. It reflects on New Zealand’s quality image.
Capital Gains Tax if the “working party” (translation more consulting fees being paid by government) deem it – won’t be tested until the next election.
Labour building houses – go for it they will only be cheaper if subsidised or dramatically reduced in size.
The Northland Port – of course its a good idea if it comes with a rail link – 4 reasons – gets stinking oil guzzling trucks trains and boats out of Auckland CBD; will allow northern busway to turn into light rail (perhaps to Wellsford); will open up tourism to the north (counter unemployment, gangs and drug culture); actually 3 good reasons is enough!!
So lets give the new government a chance. Business conditions always improve under Labour and Winston’s interest (translate:media time) will wane as it always does once he’s done election duty.