Maharey blathers on

[Imported from Whale Oil Beef Hooked on Blogger]

I was going to exactly what Aaron B. has done and fisk the smarmy epistle that Maharey has released. However Aaron did such a good job I will paste into here. Well done Aaron.

Fisking Maharey

Walking the Talk (the latest Labour Party eNews, dated Wed 17 at 9:51am) (Note, I am not responsible for the many typos in Mr Maharey’s non-italicised text below)

The latest Labour pledge has been released. It is the sixth and it deals with cataract and major joint operations. Labour guarantees funding for 7500 extra cataract operations and 10,000 extra major joint operations.

Pity Greypower have noted that its not a new promise at all. Why won’t Labour make greater use of private healthcare to increase healthcare capacity for the aged? Ideology over results hmm?

As the pledges mount up, I wouldn’t like to be in National’s shoes. They have chosen not to produce policy on most issues – asking the electorate to wait for details until after the election.

National’s done no such thing. Rather, Helen Clark’s refusal to let the nation know when the election day would be has made National keep it’s powder dry. National is pausing its’ campaign out of respect until David Lange’s memorial is finished, National will then announce its tax policy for Monday 22nd – in 5 days time.

Even on the so-called big five issues National is struggling to tell us what they will do. National candidates are reduced to mouthing platitudes.

Rubbish. But I guess Maharey has to say something to his supporters given the god-awful May 2005 budget he has to defend.

This is not the election to be relying on the mood of the electorate to change the government. The country is going well. People attending political forums are listening to real arguments and considering who has the best policies to take the country forward. I have never been in such a positive election race. Nor have I seen so much interest in having policies fully explained and evaluated by voters who are looking to share in the country’s growing prosperity.

It is true that the voters are listening to both major parties to see the alternatives for governance. That’s why the polls have closed and National can and will win the election. The country is not growing more prosperous. The state is. National’s tax cuts will make people more prosperous, productive and give more incentive for people to succeed and get ahead.

Labour has answered this demand by stating its commitments clearly and producing a large amount of policy. No one will go to the election wondering what a Labour government will mean for them, their family, their community and their business.

Labour’s “large amount of policy” is a whole lot of nothing. They are simply re-hashing old policies (see above) or desperately “finding” money to fund blatant election bribes. These bribes of course have been heavily criticised by independent economists.

Since first being elected in 1999 this government has worked hard to build trust. Our motto is to say what we will do and then delver. No surprises.

Trust? After Te Wananga, Kyoto Protocol, John Tamihere, Speedgate, the 111 fiasco, decline in police moral, blatant political interference in the state sector, and rorting of taxpayer funds for election ads? They can trust Closing the Gaps and the Jobs Machine, and they can trust painting and cheque forgers? Good luck Mr Maharey.

This approach has led to good stable government t. People know what they have in front of them. They can plan.

They can plan to vote National. A Labour-Green government will frighten middle NZ and make our country even more backward looking.

I am enjoying being able to campaign in such a clear positive way.

By going so heavily negative on National throughout the campaign?

I am struck by the way National candidates flounder about wishing they had something specific to say. Policy envy anyone?

See you August 22nd Mr Maharey. Let’s see your envy after the nation examines the tax cuts National are offering.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.