There won’t be any donations to Labour from exporters this year

Labour really has a way of cribbing their potential to ask for donations. Nigel Haworth has had a terrible year in trying to get donations, resorting to begging prior to Christmas for $1 and $2 offerings.

But when Labour comes out with anti-business and anti-trade policies, like their opposition to the TPPA, then the prospects of them getting donations from anyone in that sector dries up.

This is especially so when the exporters are actually articulating their anger.

New Zealand exporters say they are concerned that a political consensus on trade has been lost after the Labour Party came out against the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

ExportNZ executive director Catherine Beard said in the past exporters had been able to rely on the support of both main political parties on trade. 

“This has helped our exporters succeed in new markets and earn valuable revenue for New Zealand,” she said.

“Exporters are now feeling some dismay at the thought that our future trade prospects could be limited by political disagreement.”

Ms Beard said it was difficult to understand why Labour supported the China free trade agreement but not the TPP, “when they are similar in all major respects”. She described Labour’s position on the TPP as a step backwards for the country’s export competitiveness.

Bipartisan support for free trade is gone. Andrew Little’s Labour Party now represents a return to 1950s’ protectionism as they lurch further to the left.


– NZ Herald

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