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PETER WILLIAMS: Why National? Why?

Nats to continue the fiscal lolly scramble


Somebody suggested to me yesterday that the 2023 version of the National Party is similar to the Helen Clark Labour Party of 20 years ago. That is just to the left of centre.


When you look at a few policies, that comment isn’t far off the mark. They’re going to retain the 39 cent top tax rate and they’re maintaining the Zero Carbon Act, when the ETS could do the same job at a fraction of the price.


Then in the last few days we’ve had two quite staggering announcements that would not have been made by a National Party thirty years ago.


They’re going to maintain the winter heating payment for all people aged 65 and over, even if a decent chunk of them are multi-millionaires, and then at the other end of the scale they’re going to carry on with this busted policy of the fees-free first year at university.


What is it with these people? The term poll driven fruit cakes comes to mind.


The country cannot afford either policy and the fees-free idea is a shambles. It hasn’t brought any more students into university and has been shown to be of more assistance to children of the wealthy than kids from lower income families.


As for the winter heating payment, why is it not means tested?


Don’t give me the stock answer of that would be too hard to administer. There are mechanisms that already exist like the community services medical card to identify pensioners of limited means. Or make it an opt-in scheme for those under a certain income or asset base rather than just a universal money giveaway.


I think both initiatives are wasteful and non-targeted spending, something a responsible government would not do.


Any new government led by the Nats is looking like Santa Claus already.



Writer and broadcaster for half a century. Now watching from the sidelines. Subscribe to Peter William's Substack here

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dewhurst987
dewhurst987
Sep 02, 2023

What proportion of the workforce should be bureaucrats and paper shufflers and what proportion should be the producers of goods and services? They are mutually exclusive. Bear in mind that an increase in the former means a reduction in the latter. Also the former tend to inhibit the productive efforts of the latter. When I see a political party that addresses that issue I shall consider voting for them.


Also I would tend to support a party that will stop wasting our money on the global warming farce. If you want to know why it is a farce I can explain it.


Then of course there is this co-government nonsense when there is not a single full blooded…


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justise xtra
justise xtra
Aug 31, 2023

National has the words to say the right words on paper.

National has professionalism that speaks louder today than ever.

National has a team that is prepared to keep their cards up their sleeves.

National is known of stability even if some do think it is harsh. You get nothing out of anything without struggle. I have told Maori about how their state of affairs is going to look like and that I gave them a chance and they did what they are and what they have done and the last was the Magnitsky Attachment Orders to which I have told them that I am taking their names and it will be taken against all BRIC's Countries and they kno…

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National are better than Pooh Bah who keeps squeezing the Reserve Bank for election bribe tasters.. PIty he doesn't have grandchildren who will have to pay for his inflationary excesses.

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Rusling Mcgehan
Rusling Mcgehan
Aug 31, 2023

Why I'm not voting for Brussels, I mean National,

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dewhurst987
dewhurst987
Sep 02, 2023
Replying to

Which bunch of political parasites is not sucking on the tits of the UN, WEF, WHO or FYA? ACT and Conservatives? Possibly. NZL (Liz Gunn)? Probably. As for the rest purple pigs might fly.

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mr.max
mr.max
Aug 31, 2023

How does that compare to me paying taxes for 25 years to NZ that would have given me Superannuation and I do NOT GET A PENNY of it . I'm a NZ'er and I've been cheated by this corrupt government with its acts of Tyranny . Read the Declaration of Independence by British subject in North America . This has to end !

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