David Farrar is a writer for the progressive newspaper the NZ Herald and his article in today’s edition carries the following gem-
National’s second term is looking to be far more pleasing to those who want to see a reform agenda. This doesn’t just mean a more right wing agenda. The Hawke/Keating Governments in Australia were good reformers, as was Tony Blair in the UK and Bill Clinton in the US. Even Julia Gillard is undertaking some quite good reforms.
Farrar at last admits that National betrayed its supporters in its first term, but says its going to be different in the second. How?
Still the same old socialists and progressives in key positions (no pun intended) and a coalition of the clapped out old Labour Party fraud Peter Dunne and a victim focused and separatist party founded upon ideas that openly discriminate against every NZer who does not qualify as a “Maori”. And John Banks, in reality only a tenth of the man he widely professes himself to be.
Farrar then lists where the second term Nationals will enact policy they failed on in their first term. Unfortunately, he frequently contradicts his own position in his comments on the measures. IOW, National in their second term will be what they were in the first term. Pretty much useless.
Asset Sales- It is still a very modest policy compared to some of the sales being done by Labor state governments in Australia.
Dead right. If the National Party was able to articulate an argument outside that of its current pathetic wet liberal state, changes would and should be much greater. That the changes it is currently going with are less than those proposed by other governments recognised as left wing shows exactly how spineless and ideologically crippled National really are.
Welfare reform will be a major policy focus of National’s second term, and by the end of it the days of remaining on a benefit for life (unless seriously disabled) should be ended.
Who really believes these wankers will do anything on welfare? The Phil Ures have had nothing to fear for decades and that won’t change. If this is such a good idea, why the damn hell was it passed on in the first term?
Education- Critics of our current system have been calling for performance pay, vouchers, bulk funding and less zoning. Well a charter school will probably be exactly that..
Except it won’t. A few charter schools might be a break through we can thank Don Brash (not National) for, but its SFA compared to what is really needed in education reform.
Spending- A commitment to keep core spending constant in real per capita terms is a huge game changer. Labour in five years increased core spending by 50%.
Yes, 50% is correct. So WTF is the use of capping core spending now? After the horse has bolted from the stable and is 100 kilometres or so down the damn road? FFS, what does it take to get through to these people? Can’t they see Europe from their plush beehive offices? SPENDING NEEDS TO BE CUT BY HUGE AMOUNTS RIGHT NOW..!
Note: For those who don’t know, David Frum is (like David “Sarah Palin is a fatal cancer to the Republican Party” Brookes), a former small c conservative who has had an epiphany that compels him to sympathize with and seek the favour of liberals like John Stewart or David Letterman while attacking Rush Limbaugh, Sarah Palin and Mark Levin (for just a few examples). Frum is out to stop the Tea Party revolution, and frequently panders to liberalism and progressivism while posturing as a “right winger”.