Today on Q+A:
Political Editor Corin Dann interviews Prime Minister Bill English in a wide-ranging and revealing interview – how different will National be under his leadership?
Also, Andrew Little and Jacinda Ardern – will they be a winning combination for Labour this year?
And our panel: Dr Raymond Miller, Steve Maharey, Hannah Monigatti with our host Greg Boyed.
It will be a good chance to compare English and Little.
No CGT, no asset sales (Kiwibank, TVNZ).
Doesn’t agree with ‘baby boomers’ not paying “their fair share” for Super.
“The economy is in much better shape” and that seem to be English’s key election strategy.
Fix working for families? “That will unfold through the year”, “we can have a crack at it through the next few years”
“Families on low to middle incomes” need to benefit more from the improved economy.
Will a tax cut be meaningful? Wait for the budget, have to look at a balance of tax cuts. Won’t put a figure on it. “I wouldn’t expect some big sugar shot in the middle to upper range”.
Sounds like tweaks to thresholds and more targeting at the low end.
Andrew Little and Jacinda Ardern
Labour seem to be really trying to sell a dual leadership package.
Ardern has already said several times she absolutely backs Andrew and he is absolutely the leader – but she is dominating the speaking so far.
If National adjusts tax thresholds Little would leave them. Little is committing to as little as possible.
Both Ardern and Little divert from questions and try to repeat their learned talking points.
The only time Ardern sounded knowledgeable about a specific policy was on the sham of an abortion law that we still have in effect.
Little said that he supported both euthanasia and reviewing abortion law but as he says they are not a priority – he ensured a euthanasia private members’ bill was removed from the ballot – he doesn’t seem prepared to do anything about them.
Is the double act working? Not for me, just double poliparroting.