Nats’ response to Labour’s rise horrible

LETTER

This is my twelfth active election campaign and I am sorry to say I have found it the most disillusioning. I used to respect Mr English as an honest politician and good Catholic. He has really changed my opinion about him since Labour began to gain support in the polls. He has led a horrible campaign.

First, there was Mr Finlayson who played the racist card over water levies. He was firmly rebuffed by judges and academics. He never apologised but slunk away quietly.

Next, Mr Smith tried to scare everyone by claiming that a clean water royalty would cost twice the country’s GDP. This too was roundly criticized when he was found to have used litres instead of cubic metres in his calculations.

Next, Mr Joyce claimed that Labour’s fiscal plan had a large hole in it. Economists joined forces like never before to say he was wrong. Mr English, against all analysis, still insists his Finance Minister was correct. And not only does he defend the false accusation but uses it relentlessly to justify his scaremongering over Labour’s planned tax review being set up to make taxes fairer. We all know with National’s last tax hike in GST and cut to the very top wealthiest people, most of us are now paying a bigger share of the tax take.

Then we had Ms Bennett claiming that some of us are not entitled to the same human rights as others. She was made to apologise to Mr English.

Now we have a National MP attacking the Labour leader when she vows to do something about our distressingly high rate of youth suicide, because she also supports the right of terminally ill people to choose to die with dignity.

I am very sorry that Mr English has chosen to run this sort of campaign. His Government has had nine years to improve the lives of New Zealanders and if he believes he should be given the privilege of continuing to be our leader, he should concentrate on explaining how he has achieved this.

Anne Collins

Chairwoman, Labour Executive Committee — East Coast

This is my twelfth active election campaign and I am sorry to say I have found it the most disillusioning. I used to respect Mr English as an honest politician and good Catholic. He has really changed my opinion about him since Labour began to gain support in the polls. He has led a horrible campaign.

First, there was Mr Finlayson who played the racist card over water levies. He was firmly rebuffed by judges and academics. He never apologised but slunk away quietly.

Next, Mr Smith tried to scare everyone by claiming that a clean water royalty would cost twice the country’s GDP. This too was roundly criticized when he was found to have used litres instead of cubic metres in his calculations.

Next, Mr Joyce claimed that Labour’s fiscal plan had a large hole in it. Economists joined forces like never before to say he was wrong. Mr English, against all analysis, still insists his Finance Minister was correct. And not only does he defend the false accusation but uses it relentlessly to justify his scaremongering over Labour’s planned tax review being set up to make taxes fairer. We all know with National’s last tax hike in GST and cut to the very top wealthiest people, most of us are now paying a bigger share of the tax take.

Then we had Ms Bennett claiming that some of us are not entitled to the same human rights as others. She was made to apologise to Mr English.

Now we have a National MP attacking the Labour leader when she vows to do something about our distressingly high rate of youth suicide, because she also supports the right of terminally ill people to choose to die with dignity.

I am very sorry that Mr English has chosen to run this sort of campaign. His Government has had nine years to improve the lives of New Zealanders and if he believes he should be given the privilege of continuing to be our leader, he should concentrate on explaining how he has achieved this.

Anne Collins

Chairwoman, Labour Executive Committee — East Coast

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Paul Sullivan - 10 days ago
Even for politicians, English, Bennett et al have proved particularly underhand and unpleasant this time around. All of them could easily crawl under a snake's belly with a top hat on.

Gordon Webb - 9 days ago
Obviously Mr Sullivan did not hear Labour's Deputy Leader on Q and A several weeks ago with his vile criticism of several of the National Party hierarchy. Politics has always contained an element of personal abuse. If you do not like it, stay away.

Paul Sulivan - 9 days ago
Politics affects everything we do, and is something in which everyone should participate in if they are able to. It is no good suggesting we should do otherwise if our politicians are unable to keep a civil tongue in their heads. I suppose it has simply become too hard for National politicians to disguise their contempt for society's less fortunate, or to bite their tongue before crassly suggesting that some have fewer human rights than others. Not to worry though - all being well, the demise of the snide and self-serving National party and its obnoxious values is almost upon us.

Gordon Webb - 8 days ago
Rather what we know than a happy-faced campaigner without any real substance. Labour are just promising the same old Christmas socks in different wrapping paper. Perhaps you might reflect on the use of the word contempt if you could be bothered to look at the increases to benefits that the National Government has made, not to mention changes to tax thresholds, Working for Families and the Accommodation Supplement.

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