Get used to the phrase “subject to fiscal responsibility”.
As in, “This Christmas, new iPads, smartphones and wide screen TVs for everyone….. subject to fiscal responsibility.
In other words, we’re back to empty promises that politicians make to people that only listen to the bit that sounds good – not the escape clause.
David Cunliffe has used one of his first major speeches as Labour leader to further outline his party’s major focuses for its first 100 days in office if it wins the next election.
In a strident speech to a receptive audience at the Council of Trade Unions conference in Wellington this morning he promised to scrap National’s “anti-worker” employment policies “in the first hundred days” and ensure workers a “better share of the benefits” of a strong New Zealand economy.
There would be no more “fire at will” and no more “attacks on vulnerable workers” or “undermining health and safety” or a youth wage.
“In the Labour government that I lead John Key’s attacks on workers will be gone by lunchtime,” he said.
It is always fun to preach to the choir.
Did Cunliffe actually say anything substantial?
[Labour] would raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour from $13.75 and seek further increases on an annual basis if the country could afford it.
The $30m a year cost to extend a “living wage” to core Government employees would be accounted for in its first Budget “subject to the provisions of fiscal responsibility”.
That’s like putting an offer in on a house “subject to bank and solicitor approval”.
Anyway, the appearance of “subject to fiscal responsibility” has made a surprise return to Cunliffe’s speeches as he realises that if he keeps waffling on about what he’s going to spend, spend, spend it will eventually come back to bite him.
But not now.
Everyone will get more under a Labour government.
….”subject to fiscal responsibility”