Daniel’s Election 2011: New Zealand National

This is the final part of a nine part series. For part one on the Green Party, click here. For part two on the Mana Party, click here. For part three on New Zealand First, click here. For part four on the Labour Party, click here. For part five on United Future, click here. For part six on the Maori Party, click here. For part seven on the Conservative Party, click here. For part eight on ACT New Zealand, click here.

Tomorrow is election day, so I have no option but to do the last post today, given it’s illegal to post something like this on election day. Before we get into this, make sure you get out and vote, no matter who it is for. Read through these posts, have a look at the party policy and make a decision.

The National Party (at the time of writing this) is stronger than they have been before since MMP came about. They’re polling between 47 and 55% (once again, at the time this was written, it may have changed as this was written a month before it was due to be published). They have managed to do things that New Zealanders really haven’t liked, but seem to have gotten away with it.

I do have to say, other than the Maori Party not having one at all, the National Party’s policy page on their website is the most difficult to follow of those I looked at. It’s almost as if they are trying to hide something in there so it’s not noticed, but they can still say “well it was in our policy” when they go to do it.

Economy

National has a six point plan for the economy:

  • Building stronger government accounts
  • Building savings and investment
  • Building exports
  • Building business confidence by reducing business costs
  • Building infrastructure for growth
  • Building a world class tax system

While these are all noble goals, how does the Government expect to rebuild Christchurch, and do all these at the same time? I don’t see it happening.

Alcohol Reform

National has, as expected, said that they will be pushing for a split age for the purchase of alcohol – 18 for on-licenses (bars etc) and 20 for off-licenses (bottle shops etc). This will mean at 18 you can go to a bar, fight for your country and legally be an adult, but you can’t go to a bottle shop. An adult that is stopped from purchasing alcohol from a liquor store. Seems wrong, doesn’t it? The response from most people when students or young people say this is “you’re just after being able to get pissed on the cheap still”. The fact is, I have no personal gain from this. I’m 20. I won’t be affected by this change. But I do feel that it is wrong.

Environment

National is boasting about the huge drop in cost of the emissions trading scheme. The question asked in their brochure on the ETS is:

Are you prepared to pay $3 a week as an insurance policy for the environment?

Quite simply, my answer to that is no, I am not. Right now, New Zealanders are still hurting from the economic downturn. They are still struggling to keep their jobs and make ends meet. But the National Party insists they can afford $3 a week. A lot of people can’t. National is playing with fire suggesting they can.

For the full National Party policy, go to http://www.national.org.nz/policy.aspx.

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Posted on November 25, 2011, in Daniel's Election 2011, New Zealand Politics and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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