Pot calls kettle empty

Neither the Greens nor Labour announced any new policies in their joint ‘State of the Nation’ event yesterday.

National’s Finance Minister and campaign organiser Steven Joyce commented on Twitter:

It did seem like a wasted opportunity. I suspect that Labour and Greens are holding back with major policy announcements until they see what National do in the budget in May to try and avoid being outmanoeuvred again.

And perhaps they waiting to see if National announce any new policies.

It’s unbelievable that at the beginning of election year the 1 largest party has no new policy to announce.

Or maybe not, National have tended to not announce much policy throughout their tenure in Government.

On the home page of National’s website they say what they are doing, not what they intend to do.  Defensive about their record rather than anything new.

Supporting safer families

We’re making changes to our family violence laws to prevent the abuse, keep victims safe, and stop perpetrators.

National’s comprehensive housing plan

National is committed to addressing the challenge of housing and we have a comprehensive plan to achieve that.

Helping more Kiwis buy their first home

Nearly 12,000 New Zealanders have received government grants to help them buy their first home in the first 12 months of National’s KiwiSaver HomeStart scheme.

An open and prosperous New Zealand

New Zealand has a strong, growing economy under National. That’s delivering more jobs and higher incomes for New Zealanders, and trade is a vital part of continuing this success.

Helping rural communities

When our primary sector succeeds, New Zealand succeeds. A successful primary sector is part of National’s plan to create more jobs, lift incomes, and build a more productive and competitive economy.

Better healthcare

National believes New Zealanders deserve high-quality health services and delivering better services remains our top priority. In 2016/17, a record $16.1 billion will be invested into health.

That’s in the past pot, not in the future pot. Business as usual and no indication of new policy proposals.

English and National come up with any new policies to take into the election campaign. That would differentiate his leadership from John Key’s.

Or is that pot empty?

32 Comments

  1. Alan Wilkinson

     /  January 30, 2017

    Joyce doesn’t have the vision thing. He always seems to be niggling rather than leading.

    • Gezza

       /  January 30, 2017

      The thong I like most about Steven Joyce is that nobody pays any attention to him.

      • Gezza

         /  January 30, 2017

        If you read thong as thing, that’d be great. Thanks.

        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  January 30, 2017

          Gave you an uptick for the thong, G. Freudian slips should be rewarded.

          • Gezza

             /  January 30, 2017

            You’re not just a bastard’s bastard, you’re a man’s man Al. 👍
            Not just some down-ticking wuss.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  January 30, 2017

              Wear your Freudian slip with pride, G. It’ll match your ear-ring.

            • Gezza

               /  January 30, 2017

              You’re back down to three points on the board Al.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  January 30, 2017

              It was worth it.

          • Gezza

             /  January 30, 2017

            Gave you an uptick for that one but downtick somewhere else.

  2. Strong For Life

     /  January 30, 2017

    I suspect there is no policy because Labour/Greens are pinning their hopes on another Dirty Politics campaign this general election. The re-emergence of Harre, Dotcom pondering standing for parliament and a rumoured new book by, er… journalist Nicky Hager suggest another negative campaign is on the horizon.

  3. Auto_Immune

     /  January 30, 2017

    If National goes into an election campaign simply defending their current policies, then it will signal to the public that they are a bit of a tired Government.

    I’d like to see English announce a few policies that wouldn’t/haven’t occurred under Key’s watch e.g. super reform, medical marijuana, primary healthcare changes

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  January 30, 2017

      I’d be happy for National to go into the election pursuing its existing policy of taking an investment approach to expenditure. There is ample room to expand its application productively so basing policy on sound principles and analysis.

  4. Zedd

     /  January 30, 2017

    speaking of ‘pot’ the one policy the greens have updated; drug policy

    they have dun away with words like ‘decriminalise’ (that just cause confusion)

    BUT how far down their priority lists is it likely to be, under a Green-Labour (plus others ?) coalition deal ?

    even further med-use reforms within first 100 days.. (Im not holding my f’ing breath) ? :/

  5. patupaiarehe

     /  January 30, 2017

    Just my ‘two cents’…

    Supporting safer families

    We’re making changes to our family violence laws to prevent the abuse, keep victims safe, and stop perpetrators.

    You’ve also increased the tax on tobacco exponentially, creating extra financial stress for low income families, & Maori, both of whom were already over-represented in the statistics

    National’s comprehensive housing plan

    National is committed to addressing the challenge of housing and we have a comprehensive plan to achieve that.

    Sounds like a load of waffle to me. The only reason that housing is a ‘challenge’, is because there isn’t enough of it, in the areas people want to live. I suspect that importing 60,000 foreigners p/a may have something to do with this.

    Helping more Kiwis buy their first home

    Nearly 12,000 New Zealanders have received government grants to help them buy their first home in the first 12 months of National’s KiwiSaver HomeStart scheme.

    New Zealanders shouldn’t need government grants to buy a home. The only reason they do, is because house prices have risen so much. Once again, I suspect that the ‘imports’ may have something to do with this.

    An open and prosperous New Zealand

    New Zealand has a strong, growing economy under National. That’s delivering more jobs and higher incomes for New Zealanders, and trade is a vital part of continuing this success.

    Some New Zealanders. Not all. Some New Zealanders work 50+ hours/week, & still struggle to pay the bills.

    Helping rural communities

    When our primary sector succeeds, New Zealand succeeds. A successful primary sector is part of National’s plan to create more jobs, lift incomes, and build a more productive and competitive economy.

    More waffle.If they really want to help rural communities, leave them alone & let them do what they are good at. Don’t burden them with stupid legal obligations, and don’t prosecute them when genuine accidents happen, or for not wearing a helmet while on their quad bike.

    Better healthcare

    National believes New Zealanders deserve high-quality health services and delivering better services remains our top priority. In 2016/17, a record $16.1 billion will be invested into health.

    More spending doesn’t equal better outcomes. How many billion of those dollars will be spent on administration? Taking into account both inflation, and the increasing population, I’d be very concerned if any less was being spent this year than before. That is, unless serious changes had been made to the wasteful bureaucracies, we refer to as DHBs.

    OK, rant over 😀

    • Gezza

       /  January 30, 2017

      Very good. Are you cooking dinner tonite as well as making the bed?

      • patupaiarehe

         /  January 30, 2017

        Not just both of the above G, I’m also cleaning the house. 🙂

    • Conspiratoor

       /  January 30, 2017

      When did your parents buy their first home pat?

      • patupaiarehe

         /  January 30, 2017

        Mid 70’s, why’s that C?

        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  January 30, 2017

          You youngster, you. That was when I did.

          • Gezza

             /  January 30, 2017

            Bringing a yuppy’s age into is below the belt c.

        • Conspiratoor

           /  January 30, 2017

          Nothing sinister pat. This statement triggered a memory

          “New Zealanders shouldn’t need government grants to buy a home. The only reason they do, is because house prices have risen so much. Once again, I suspect that the ‘imports’ may have something to do with this”

          Had you been 10 years older, your parents would have been assisted into their first home with a 3% state advances loan. No deposit no worry, the government would simply capitalise the family benefit and hey presto, a deposit. Cheers,c

          • patupaiarehe

             /  January 31, 2017

            Ah yes C, the ‘good old days’. Being a little before my time, I was aware of the scheme, but not exactly how it worked. Keep in mind that back then, it was considered normal for a family to live on what Dad earned, while Mum stayed at home & took care of the whanau. My family didn’t have a lot of disposable income when I was a kid, but we never missed a meal, & judging by the results, benefited from having her there.
            Fast forward four & a bit decades, and in the ‘brave new world’, Mum is back at the ‘coal face’ after 12 weeks, with lesser paid strangers looking after the kids during business hours. Are we, as a society, really better off for it though? There is now a whole new industry, in home based childcare (I know one ‘stay at home Mum’, who is doing pretty well out of it). She has already ‘booted’ two kids from her care, due to unacceptable behaviour. I also know another woman, who works in an ECE Centre, who can’t believe the psychological damage that she witnesses every day. To quote her, “Some of these kids would have been institutionalised, back when we were at school. Now they just get a teacher aide, who follows them around, stopping them from hurting other kids.”
            Everything is going well though, according to the Govt. Just look at all the new jobs they have created. I hear they are planning on building a few more prisons too….

            • patupaiarehe

               /  January 31, 2017

              And before anyone asks, the point is that people still need govt help to get into their first home, and they shouldn’t, on two incomes instead of one.

  6. PDB

     /  January 30, 2017

    The booming economy & high public confidence in the present govt speaks for itself – no point announcing new policy just for the hell of it.

    The problem for the opposition is that they need to produce policies that run contrary to National’s ones and at the same time do a ‘magic trick’ in convincing the country is going in the wrong direction even though it isn’t.

    Good luck with that.

    • patupaiarehe

       /  January 30, 2017

      The problem for the opposition is that they need to produce policies that run contrary to National’s ones and at the same time do a ‘magic trick’ in convincing the country is going in the wrong direction even though it isn’t.

      As always Pants, that is a matter of perspective. Speaking of magic tricks, how about National increasing our foreign debt to record levels, & no-one batting an eyelid? I work & socialise with folk from all across the ‘socio-econonic’ divide, and it certainly appears to me that those wearing ‘blue tinted glasses’, such as yourself & Alan, are a dwindling minority.

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  January 30, 2017
        • patupaiarehe

           /  January 30, 2017

          Time will tell I guess Alan, I’m only saying what I’m hearing. JK was supposedly popular, but I can’t recall anyone having a nice word to say about him (except here, of course 😉 ) Maybe I just mix in the wrong circles….

          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  January 30, 2017

            Probably the wrong circles are getting more agitated due to the firestorm that’s hit the US.

          • Gezza

             /  January 30, 2017

            Bill English seems to be lightening up a bit. Not as po faced as the last time he tried for the job at sn election. Who do you reckon would be best choice as next PM, patu?

            • patupaiarehe

               /  January 31, 2017

              Obviously not him G. I’m surprised you need to ask, actually 😀

        • Gezza

           /  January 30, 2017

          That RM poll was taken before Andrew ditched the glasses & biked the Rail Trail, Al.