Another detail free zone

In Labour’s desperate attempt to talk about anything but the real detail of their tax policy (for God’s sake don’t mention the detail), they’re quickly moving to talk up another non-policy.

Phil Goff announced today that Labour would force Government-owned companies to buy NZ made.

I find it amusing that the MSM is covering this as a new policy.

Keen political observers would know Goff launched this policy more than a month ago.

I note that he carefully avoids saying whether Labour would reverse the Kiwirail decision on the new trains.

But what I find most interesting is Goff’s claim today that this reheated policy would not result in increased costs to the Government.

“Labour leader Phil Goff says giving New Zealand companies a better chance of winning government contracts won’t end up costing taxpayers more.”

How can this be?  If state-owned companies are paying more for goods and services (as instructed by the Government) it will inevitably cost more won’t it?

And then we get to the punchline.  Goff’s not actually promising anything new at all.  This is a total non-policy that is once again vague on the critical details.

Asked if there was a danger that favouring New Zealand companies could end up costing more, Mr Goff said cost and quality would still be the paramount considerations.

“I’m not saying that you should always buy New Zealand regardless of cost.”

So how and when would this feel-good policy apply in the real world?

How does Labour expect Government-owned enterprises to measure the ‘wider economic interest’.  Would this become a political decision?

How much would be too much to pay?  Where is the line in the sand?

Let me guess I just bet this will get referred to an “Expert Panel” for answers.

This is yet more political posturing from Phil Goff to appease a few of his union funders in Dunedin.

 


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