So, where is your alternative Robbo?

Yesterday Grant Robertson wrote an opinion piece for the NZ Herald criticising the government for their budget.

It is full of bumper sticker slogans ?and broad brush statements. Take this one by way of example:

You can bet Bill English’s bottom dollar that in the lead up to next year’s Budget the Herald will be running stories about skyrocketing house prices, locked out first home buyers and people living in cars and garages because they can’t afford the rent for proper accommodation.

Well of course the Herald will be doing that, because like this year you will have run a campaign soliciting whingers and bludgers to tell their half of the story and pimped them to the Herald. Surely you can’t believe that we don’t know what you are doing? ?

He then proceeds to whinge about the housing issue himself:

It is astonishing that nothing has been introduced to tackle demand in the housing market and that there’s nothing for first home buyers locked out of the Kiwi dream of home ownership.

On supply it’s a reheat of last year’s failed attempt to free up Crown land in Auckland. Nick Smith only found twelve hectares with $50m. An extra $100m won’t make much difference at all given his rate of progress. Labour has a comprehensive plan for housing, including Kiwibuild, to build thousands of affordable homes, and will crack down on speculators, here and offshore.

Bill English’s Budget will keep the Reserve Bank Governor awake at night – Graeme Wheeler is a man who knows we need to tackle the structural challenges facing the economy of a housing crisis, over-reliance on the dairy industry, struggling regions and creaking infrastructure.

The failure to tackle demand for housing or seriously add supply won’t fix the housing crisis and its threat to financial stability. The forecasts for the dairy sector are dire and will see farmers facing misery through to 2018.

Yesterday we got nothing more than a sticking plaster on a compound fracture.

And your solutions? That’s lots of complaining but no solutions…other than “vote Labour…trust us”. Kiwibuild is not a comprehensive plan and it is less than what National is already doing.

There is precious little in the Budget to create more jobs, deliver a real increase in wages and diversify the economy through encouraging new and emerging businesses to grow and export.

And precious little from labour to tell us how they could magic up jobs. Labour’s plan won’t deliver higher wages either, because they are going to have tax increases…which will reduce take home pay. Their answer to everything seems to be increase taxes, then give those increased taxes back out as subsidies.

Then Robbo resorts to outright lying:

Health and education are big losers in this year’s Budget.

The health sector has endured $1.7 billion of cuts over six years and this Budget won’t make up for that. Labour would fund health to meet the increasing and ageing population and restore confidence and morale to our health sector.

The Health sector has had its budgets increased each and every year under John Key and Bill English and these fools just lie because they call those increases cuts simply because the increases weren’t as high as they wanted them to be. Moreover they think that every dollar spent in health is a sacred?necessary dollar…they are wrong.

After eight years National has produced a Budget without the vision and courage needed to meet the challenges facing New Zealand today or to provide the hope and opportunity our people need.

After eight years Labour has failed to provide an answer the electorate are willing to listen to. After God knows how many years as opposition finance?spokesman Robbo hasn’t got enough energy to write an alternate budget. He thinks that sipping craft beer, and sniping from the sidelines is how you win elections. Sadly he is mistaken.

Voters want to see an alternative to the budget, sadly due to laziness or incompetence Grant Robertson hasn’t produced one.


– NZ Herald