Proven team or rabble of the left plus NZ First?

LETTER

Election time again, so let’s look at the protagonists.

In the red corner we have the Labour Party, a rudderless ship for the past nine years which has forgotten its roots and lost the core support on which it originated, the average working Kiwi. It has now decided its revival will be due to a youngish woman, who will cause a resurgence in support and put them back in power. Almost certainly their poll numbers will rise but I would guess they will be robbed from the Green Party, as disenchanted Labour supporters return to the fold.

Speaking of the Greens, a party being co-led by an “honest” crook who after 24 years decided to fess up to benefit fraud. Under pressure she then decided her punishment, without bothering our court system — that if necessary she will pay back what she stole. Now she has also been outed as committing voter fraud . . . but don’t panic, she has decided she will not put her name forward for a ministerial post. This woman’s desire to save our court system extra work is admirable.

Finally the last major player in a possible left-led government, New Zealand First. What is wrong with this party? Just two words, Winston Peters.

So, really, does any right-minded (no pun intended) person think this rabble in coalition would be good for New Zealand?

In the blue corner we have the National Party, a steady on-course vessel that, for the past nine years, has put New Zealand in a very good position and able to weather global financial problems — something acknowledged internationally. They have done this within a solid coalition with ACT, the Maori Party and United Future. To vote them out, just to “change the government”, seems to me an idiotic act.

Kelvin Davis said earlier this week that “Bill English has the personality of a rock”, I’ll admit he’s not the most charismatic person alive, but his politics and his financial acumen are as solid as a rock, and that is exactly what I want in a leader of my country. Don’t you?

A. Abbott

Election time again, so let’s look at the protagonists.

In the red corner we have the Labour Party, a rudderless ship for the past nine years which has forgotten its roots and lost the core support on which it originated, the average working Kiwi. It has now decided its revival will be due to a youngish woman, who will cause a resurgence in support and put them back in power. Almost certainly their poll numbers will rise but I would guess they will be robbed from the Green Party, as disenchanted Labour supporters return to the fold.

Speaking of the Greens, a party being co-led by an “honest” crook who after 24 years decided to fess up to benefit fraud. Under pressure she then decided her punishment, without bothering our court system — that if necessary she will pay back what she stole. Now she has also been outed as committing voter fraud . . . but don’t panic, she has decided she will not put her name forward for a ministerial post. This woman’s desire to save our court system extra work is admirable.

Finally the last major player in a possible left-led government, New Zealand First. What is wrong with this party? Just two words, Winston Peters.

So, really, does any right-minded (no pun intended) person think this rabble in coalition would be good for New Zealand?

In the blue corner we have the National Party, a steady on-course vessel that, for the past nine years, has put New Zealand in a very good position and able to weather global financial problems — something acknowledged internationally. They have done this within a solid coalition with ACT, the Maori Party and United Future. To vote them out, just to “change the government”, seems to me an idiotic act.

Kelvin Davis said earlier this week that “Bill English has the personality of a rock”, I’ll admit he’s not the most charismatic person alive, but his politics and his financial acumen are as solid as a rock, and that is exactly what I want in a leader of my country. Don’t you?

A. Abbott

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Mary-Ann de Kort - 11 days ago
I feel like I've heard the same rubbish before A. Abbott.
The proof is actually in the pudding. If we look at Treasury figures, and the depths of deprivation many have sunk to in New Zealand, it is hard to believe that anyone could consider the National-led government to be a steady on-course vessel.
Bill English admitted that New Zealand was able to withstand the global financial crisis last time because the Labour coalition government had left the books in good shape.
As well as the books being in good shape, we rode high in most of the OECD social statistics so our people were doing a lot better as well.
In the past nine years of a National-led government our OECD placings have dropped substantially. In some instances we have plunged to the bottom, with homelessness and child poverty being at epidemic proportions. Housing affordability and rents are atrocious.
Some have said our nation has a rock-star economy but Treasury figures show it has been bought with the highest debt NZ has ever had, as well as the sale of our family silver. In the meantime 300,000 kids live in poverty and don't have enough of anything. People seem to be borrowing a lot more to survive and our total debt stands at around $500 billion. It's a house of cards waiting to implode.
We're living in a nation that would rather spend $53 million for a stall at the Dubai world expo than provide safe medical care for its people. There has been a report out just this week about DHBs purchasing equipment from hardware shops and reusing single-use hospital items. Rusty saws are hardly safe medical equipment.
Many DHBs are that desperate because they have insufficient funds and there are long waits for people to get treatment, even when they have terminal cancers. People have died for the want of timely healthcare.
Labour has a plan to create local jobs with strong regional economies. It is not anti-business and can see that people need opportunities and decent incomes so that businesses can thrive too. Everybody needs to be able to participate fully.
National's track record shows wide gaps, with a few a lot richer but with many struggling - so we do definitely need a change. This is hardly the country I want to live in and I feel ashamed that we have deteriorated to this extent after just nine years. I love New Zealand but we need a government with a long-term plan and with the will to fix things.

John Fricker - 11 days ago
Mary-Ann de Kort's contribution is a case of the kettle calling the pot black. It's also unnecessarily long. What's getting into folk lately? This is the second feature-length comment I've read in the last week.

Ex Pat - 10 days ago
Mr Abbott, you seriously need to pull your head out of the sand!! Try looking at the entire picture and not just the bits you like. You won't do that though will you, it is easier to ignore the suffering at the lower end of the scale for you isn't it! True blue alright!!!!

Mary-Ann de Kort - 9 days ago
I'm wondering if only certain people are allowed to write long letters Mr Fricker. Sometimes it takes more words to state the facts and short letters just don't do that. In fact, your comment was so short it had little of substance. It's unfair to criticise without any evidence at all.

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