Clueless Nats Needed Dressing-Down From Brash

01 December 2010 09:49:00

Libertarianz Party leader Richard McGrath said today he doubts whether the Key administration has the political will to do what has to be done before the next election.

“Don Brash recently outlined the necessary path National needs to take,” said Dr McGrath. “This was necessary because the current poll-driven government lacks any clear direction.”

McGrath said he noted Don Brash’s list of inconvenient truths that John Key must now address:

  • National’s failure to reinstate a Youth Minimum Wage, which has increased unemployment among young people
  • National’s failure to abolish zoning laws, thus keeping housing unaffordable for many New Zealanders
  • National’s failure to narrow the income gap with Australia
  • National’s failure to cut government spending
  • National’s failure to get rid of Labour election bribes such as subsidized student loans and child care
  • National’s failure to do anything substantial about the Resource Management Act
  • National’s xenophobia about foreigners investing money in New Zealand
  • National’s illusionary cut in company tax, wiped out by changes in rules regarding depreciation
  • National’s destructive imposition of carbon taxes on industries who dare to produce something
  • National’s embrace of tribalism and racism in its choice of coalition partner

“While my party would take issue with any minimum wage laws, I think his list is a useful – though by no means exhaustive – indication of just how comprehensively this government has failed those who voted for it.”

“This government is utterly devoid of any vision,” McGrath added. “Like the Labour one that came before it, the dominant priority is retaining power at all costs. They have no intention of liberating New Zealanders from excessive taxation and regulation. There are no secret plans to privatize anything. What a waste of time this last two years has been.”

McGrath said that unless serious moves were made to stop the government living beyond its means – which he doubts will happen any time soon – the standard of living for Kiwis will drop further. “I don’t hold great hope that John Key will have listened to anything Don Brash said, even though he knows Mr Brash is right.”

For more information, please contact:

Dr Richard McGrath
Libertarianz Leader
Phone: 027 322 2907
Email: [email protected]

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