Keeping Score

Some one has to do it as Phil Goff and Labour promise big when it comes to spending other peoples money.

You’re forgiven if you didn’t notice it, but Phil Goff committed Labour to spending at least another $600 million this week. $600 million more that he doesn’t have.

While he was busy mishandling Damien O’Connor’s truthful (but colourful) observations, the caretaker Labour Leader resurrected his party’s plan to reinstate Research and Development tax credits at a cost of more than $600 million over three years.

He also made new, and unspecified promises about extra spending on skills training.

More unfunded promises from Labour by whaleoil

Of course when he was asked how he would pay for two more very expensive promises or how much they might cost, he couldn’t provide any answers.

With at least $5 billion in reckless, unfunded and unprincipled spending promises already racked up, there needs to be a few more tough questions asked about how Phil thinks he’s going to pay for any of it.

Credit where it’s due here, the chaps from www.interest.co.nz did ask – but Goff couldn’t say.

Most laugable, is Phil’s feeble defence for not providing any proper costings or funding plan: “It’s a commitment in principle and that’s what you’d expect from an Opposition Party.”

Good luck with that Phil.  The country can’t pay the bills with principles. The time is fast approaching for Labour to explain how its numbers add up.  Full interview at Scoop Audio (15 Minutes)


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