Will National voters settle for a competent version of Labour?

KEVIN STENT/STUFF

The National party and National leader Simon Bridges need to show us that they are aspiring to much more than just providing a competent version of Labour. One of the most frustrating things about the National government under John Key, for me, was his decision to not only keep Labour party policies but, in some cases, to extend them!

If you are a National voter, what do you want National to learn from their time in the wilderness? If you, like me, didn’t vote for them in order to teach them a lesson, what lesson was it that you wanted them taught? I wanted them to stop taking my vote for granted. I wanted them to have a real point of difference between their policies and Labour’s policies.

ACT party David Seymour has pointed out that Simon Bridges is following in John Key’s footsteps, but not in a good way. He says that National have completely lost track of what they stand for. Quote:

Simon Bridges has confirmed his commitment to higher taxes by this morning refusing to roll back proposed fuel tax increases of between 9 and 12 cents a litre.

This complements his record as a big spending Economic Development Minister.

When Amy Adams slammed Labour’s ‘tax and spend’ policies the other day, she could have easily been talking about her own leader.

The National Party under Simon Bridges believes it can return to Government by presenting itself as a more competent version of Labour.

It makes you wonder what other socialist policies National will accept when it returns to government. Will National repeal Labour’s fees-free policy? Will it reinstate the tax cuts that were promised in 2017? Or will it put them in the too hard basket as it did with interest-free student loans and Working for Families, which John Key called ‘communism by stealth’? End of quote.

Working for families, of course, is the policy that John Key condemned when he was out of power but extended once he was in power.

The Labour party, unlike the National party, have no difficulty whatsoever dismantling and destroying National and ACT party policies. Our new government stand out, in fact, for their rush to pull down what National had created, not even pausing to have an alternative in place before they do so. National standards are a prime example. They have been removed without an alternative being put in place. Charter schools are another example, which they are rushing to terminate like a bull at a gate, despite the schools’ success and how they are helping the very demographic Labour claim to care about.

National, on the other hand, have a recent history of keeping expensive Labour policy bribes in place rather than risk rocking the boat. So far Simon Bridges does not appear to be offering us anything more than a competent version of the socialist policies we are already enduring. The question is whether or not that will be enough. Will National party voters settle for more of the same competent socialism or will they demand a return to National’s core conservative values?


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