So Bill English has given up when it comes to the New Zealand economy? That is how it sounded yesterday on Q and A. The wage gap with Australia is here to stay, and we should see it as a strategic advantage. As others have noted this is a far cry from the election campaign when the gap with Australia was the number one issue for National.
David Parker exposed all of this last year when pursuing Gerry Brownlee as to whether the wage gap had widened, which it has.
But this morning John Key has joined in with Bill English in flagging away an pretense of ambition for New Zealand. He is proudly stating that he opened a call centre on the North Shore as the way of the future. Is that as good as it gets? Is this ambitious for New Zealand?
You have heard Labour say a lot that the government does not have a plan for the economy. This is why. We need to invest in skills, training, innovation and clean technology to lift our economic performance. Through its tax cuts targeting the wealthy National’s vision is limited to their tired old faith in trickle down economics. It won’t work, we need an active government supporting the people and businesses who will grow our economy.