On The Nation this morning:
Labour leader Andrew Little on how he’s going to pay for his election year promises, Superannuation, and housing.
An interesting comparison – this week Gareth Morgan spoke in Dunedin – in the same venue and to a bit smaller crowd than Andrew Little last month.
See Morgan: New party would ban fossil fuel subsidies
See Little: Labour’s Dunedin digital plan welcomed
Also covering clean water issues.
Gower starts by bragging “we set the agenda”.
Little says that he will cover the rising cost of Super by raising GDP above Treasury projections.
Little mentions people in physical workers – he is pushed on numbers and he avoids it, just saying it is “large”.
He says they are certainly not going to adopt Peter Dunne’s “mad policy”.
(Peter Dunne has responded “All this shows is Labour’s absolute abhorrence of giving people any individual choice over their retirement – one state to rule them all!”
He’s doing a Key and putting his leadership on the line over keeping the age at 65.
Sticking with Kiwibuild 100,000 houses built over ten years on top of existing increases in building.
Tax thresholds – “let’s have a look at it”.
The policy commitments Labour will make will be able to be funded out of current tax levels and surplus forecasts.
Dissing the Maori Party as “lap dogs of National” again.
Pushed on how far he demoted Nanaia Mahuta and he avoids that several times. So he is told 6 places.
Little was put on the spot a few times but has obviously been practicing his media management and is getting better at diverting and pushing his own points, although he sometimes fluffs around until he works out what to switch to.
“War for water major election issue check out Caitlin McGee’s yarn online” – not sure how much of an election issue water will turn out to be.
We are only up to March and currently have housing, Pike River, Super, immigration and now water as ‘major’ issues.
Gareth Morgan sounded positive at first but then seems to concede that he is an ideas person that wants National and Labour to take on his policies but doesn’t realistically doesn’t expect to get into Parliament and doesn’t really want to be in Parliament. That’s not going to win him votes.