Key and Little to kick start the year on Wednesday

Audrey Young reports

Labour leader Andrew Little and Prime Minister John Key are both gearing up for their state of the nation speeches on Wednesday in which Mr Key is expected to flesh out National’s new social housing policy while Mr Little will set out to woo Aucklanders and business.

Mr Little, a former union head, has chosen a business audience for his inaugural state of the nation address in an apparent bid to reassure them Labour should not be dismissed as unfriendly to business.

Mr Key was on his way back from Europe yesterday and could not be reached for comment. A spokeswoman said his lunchtime speech will be on plans to improve the availability and management of social housing. At the start of his third term, Mr Key set out plans to boost social housing for poorer families and sell off some state housing – plans led by Finance Minister Bill English and new Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett.

Isn’t this humorous?  Labour are trying to tell business they are the party for them, and National are trying to tell the poor they will look after them better.  

Hanging out his shingle in Auckland is critical for the Wellington-based Mr Little who said he visited Auckland weekly. “One of the issues I’ll talk about is the importance of Auckland being strong economically and socially as well. For a government thinking about the future, Auckland is an issue on its own that needs to be thought about. It’s about understanding Auckland is an important engine room of the economy and confirming it plays a significant role in our thinking about the future. I think it’s important to give that message in Auckland.”

He said the decision to speak to a business audience was not necessarily an attempt to send a message that he was not the union bogey man.

“I don’t think I need to…”

Oh. My. God.  This from the man who declared employers “parasites” on workers, and he doesn’t think he needs to?

He clearly needs to.  But businesses aren’t retarded.  They know that Little is party leader for one reason only:  The unions put him there to do a job for them.  Compulsory unionism has reared its ugly head in the background whispers of late, let’s see if Little is going to deliver for his paymasters.

Telling business he ain’t a union bogey man is going to be pointless.   In which case, I guess he is right when he says “I don’t think I need to…”



– NZ Herald


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